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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 04:06 PM

Dentist used paper clips in place of stainless steel posts in root canals to save money.

Dentist pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud for using paper clips in root canals

A former dentist has pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud for using sections of paper clips instead of stainless steel posts in root canals in an effort to save money.

Michael Clair, who had a practice in Fall River, is scheduled to be sentenced next week. He pleaded guilty Friday to defrauding Medicaid of $130,000, assault and battery, illegally prescribing prescription drugs and witness intimidation charges.

Some of Clair's patients reported infections after he performed root canals on them, said Grant Woodman, a spokesman for state Attorney General Martha Coakley, whose office prosecuted Clair.

Prosecutors say Clair was suspended by Medicaid in 2002 but continued filing by using the names of other dentists in his practice.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/01/24/dentist-accused-paper-clip-use-in-root-canals/?intcmp=trending#ixzz1kPbbWynO

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