Crown Point orthodontist sentenced to federal prison for health care fraud

2013-04-09T18:55:00Z 2013-04-09T22:18:14Z Crown Point orthodontist sentenced to federal prison for health care fraudBy Marisa Kwiatkowski, (219) 662-5333

AMARILLO, Texas | A Crown Point orthodontist was sentenced Tuesday to more than four years in federal prison and ordered to pay about $1.8 million in restitution for health care fraud, Texas federal prosecutors said.

Dr. Michael David Goodwin, who practiced in Texas and Crown Point, pleaded guilty to the criminal charge in December in a Texas federal court, records show.

He was accused of defrauding the Texas Medicaid program between 2008 and 2011 by billing at least $2.6 million for services he claimed he provided when he knew some were unnecessary or had been provided by a dental assistant with no dentist or orthodontist supervising.

Goodwin had his employees in Amarillo schedule more than 100 patients per day and intentionally schedule large numbers of Medicaid patients when he was scheduled to be out of town, federal prosecutors said in a release Tuesday. Dental assistants are not licensed to perform certain procedures.

Goodwin divided his time between practices in Amarillo and Crown Point, flying back and forth, prosecutors said.

At his Tuesday sentencing, Goodwin was ordered to pay more than $1.8 million in restitution, court records state.

Officials with the Indiana State Board of Dentistry and the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners could not be immediately reached for comment on whether Goodwin's licenses to practice will be revoked as a result of his conviction.

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