Updated: Monday, 19 Jul 2010, 5:48 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 19 Jul 2010, 5:48 PM EDT
BUFFALO, NY - A Newfane dentist has been sentenced to 15 months in prison and three years of supervised release for filing false health care claims.
Scott D. Geise, 48, of Newfane Family Dentistry, plead guilty to filing a false health care claim and filing a false tax return.
Geise’s trial had already begun with witnesses being called when he decided to take a plea.
Judge Arcara also ordered Geise to pay restitution in the amount of $40,022.85 to the insurance companies that he defrauded and $87,781.97 to the Internal Revenue Service for taxes owed.
“In this time of rising health care costs and premiums, health care fraud is something my office will not tolerate on any level” said U.S. Attorney Hochul. “When the health care system is defrauded, it drives up costs for everyone, especially those who can least afford it.”