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Attorney General's News Release

March 23, 2010

Koster says Joplin dentist sentenced for 13 felony counts of Medicaid fraud

--must repay state $550,000--

Joplin, Mo.-Attorney General Chris Koster said that Joplin dentist Samuel A. Miller has been ordered to repay the state $550,000 for stealing from Missouri's Medicaid program. Koster's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney Dean Dankelson prosecuted Miller. The Court also Monday sentenced Miller to four years in prison for each count to run concurrently, but then suspended execution of the sentence and gave Miller five years probation subject to his meeting the terms of probation, including paying the full amount he was ordered to repay. Miller presented the Attorney General's Office with a $300,000 cashier's check at the sentencing and was ordered to pay the remaining $250,000 within 60 days.

Koster said Miller submitted fraudulent billings for procedures such as x-rays, root canals, and resin-based composite restorations he did not perform. He primarily saw children from the Joplin area. Miller tried to conceal his false claims by creating false dental records, physically cutting off portions of dental records and taking x-rays from one patient's file and putting it in another. The Joplin Police Department assisted in the investigation and execution of a search warrant that led to recovery of important evidence against Miller.

"One of my top priorities as Attorney General is prosecuting those who cheat Missouri's Medicaid system," Koster said. "This kind of illegal conduct denies medical resources that would otherwise be directed to needy Missourians."

Miller came under investigation because a citizen reported her suspicions that he was committing fraud. Koster said citizens should report suspected Medicaid fraud to the Attorney General's Medicaid fraud hotline at 800-286-3932.

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