Dentist pleads guilty to $1M in Medicaid fraud
An Atlanta-area dentist pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to commit healthcare fraud by filing nearly $1 million in false claims with the Georgia Medicaid program, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Dr. Oluwatoyin Solarin owned and operated the practice Care Dental with locations in Duluth and Doraville, U.S. Attorney John Horn said.
Solarin submitted false claims to the Georgia Medicaid Program and the Peach State Health Plan of Georgia Medicaid from 2009 through 2013, Horn said. The practice racked up $996,862.19 in fraudulent Medicaid claims, which she mostly used to buy real estate in metro Atlanta, according to the justice department.
“Various claims listed Solarin as the treating dentist on days that she was not even in the country,” Horn said.
She is said to have billed for patients who were ineligible for Medicaid services. When their eligibility expired, Solarin told an employee to backdate the claims so they would be paid.
“The costly effects of health care fraud touches every taxpayer in the state of Georgia, directing critical resources from those who truly need them,” Horn said.
As part of the plea agreement, Solarin must repay the money and forfeit her interest in over a dozen real estate properties.
“Criminals such as Solarin, who engage in healthcare fraud and target the most vulnerable, are among the worst,” said Derrick L. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General in Atlanta.