August 5, 2009
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster today filed a civil lawsuit against a Joplin dentist, alleging he made false and fraudulent claims to Missouri's Medicaid program.
Koster said that for more than four years, Samuel Miller, DDS, and his wife, Gina Miller, filed claims and billed Missouri Medicaid for numerous dental procedures that were not performed. He said the Millers came under investigation following a tip to the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Unit.
"The Millers devised a scheme to defraud Missouri taxpayers by overbilling for Medicaid services or by billing for services never delivered at all," Koster said. "This kind of outrageous conduct steals medical resources that would otherwise be directed to truly needy Missourians. Thanks to the outstanding work of our Medicaid Fraud Unit, we have filed this lawsuit and will ask the court to order the Millers to pay restitution, as well as punitive damages, to our state."
Koster said the suit was filed in Cole County Circuit Court. He said criminal Medicaid fraud charges are pending against Samuel Miller in Jasper County.