Sex-addicted Roxbury dentist admits to insurance fraud
A former Succasunna-based dentist, who is serving a three-year prison sentence for writing painkiller prescriptions for people he never treated, pleaded guilty Tuesday to an unrelated charge of committing $56 worth of health insurance fraud.
Ronald Jupiter, 63, was brought from Southwoods State Prison to Superior Court, Morristown, to plead guilty to an accusation that charged him with health care fraud in October 2011. The crime occurred before Jupiter — who has given up his license to practice dentistry — was charged in April 2013 with writing painkiller prescriptions for two undercover female officers posing as addicts, in anticipation they would agree to have sex with him.
Questioned Tuesday by defense lawyer Frank Pisano, Jupiter told Superior Court Judge Stuart Minkowitz that on Oct. 1, 2011, he cleaned a patient’s teeth and then asked the patient if he could also bill the insurance company for two fillings though he didn’t perform the work. The patient had no immediate problem and the insurer, Sele-Dent, reimbursed Jupiter $56 for the work. Questions later arose and Jupiter paid Sele-Dent back the $56 but an investigation had begun and he was charged.
In connection with the prescription crime, Jupiter was sentenced in September 2013 to three years in prison on his guilty plea to unlawfully dispensing a controlled dangerous substance. He is slated to be released on parole next month, around June 19. Morris County Assistant Prosecutor James Cannon has recommended that Jupiter be sentenced on the health care fraud to a three-year term that would run concurrent to the sentence he already is serving and end when that stint ends.
Superior Court Judge Stuart Minkowitz scheduled sentencing on the fraud for June 13 — a few days before Jupiter would be released anyway.
At sentencing last year, Jupiter’s lawyer said the ex-dentist learned after his arrest that he suffered depression and an addiction to sex. He went through in-patient treatment for his sex addiction.