Arkansas Dentist Pleads Guilty to Medicaid Fraud

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Dr. John Durmon of Warren, Arkansas, has pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid fraud, which is a class A felony. He has been ordered to pay $33,383.05 in restitution along with a triple penalty of $100,149.15. Also, he owes fines and court costs of $2,500 and is suspended from the Medicaid program for five years.

“Durmon’s plea based on his appalling and unrestrained criminal conduct underscores our decision to charge him for Medicaid fraud,” said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “We must stop this type of corruption with taxpayer dollars.”

Durmon submitted 2,557 claims for x-rays for 85 Medicaid recipients from October 2016 through December 2017. Records indicate that Durmon had not properly taken, developed, used, or maintained x-rays as required by Medicaid program regulations. He was paid a total of $153,077.95 for the claims.

Also, Durmon submitted 637 claims for various dental services including extractions and amalgam and resin composite fillings for 33 Medicaid recipients from September 2015 through December 2017. Records indicate he charged Medicaid for those services but did not provide them. Durmon was paid $33,383.05 for the claims.

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