A Warren dentist suspected of falsifying dental records totaling more than $185,000 has been charged with two counts of Medicaid fraud, according to a news release from Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.
Dr. John Durmon, 59, of Warren, is accused of purposefully falsifying the dental records of more than 100 Medicaid participants to fraudulently bill the Arkansas Medicaid program more than$185,000. He is charged with two counts of Medicaid fraud, both Class B felonies.
Following an investigation by the Rutledge’s office, Durmon turned himself in to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.
“As Arkansas’s chief law enforcement officer, I will not tolerate people taking advantage of the Arkansas Medicaid Program,” Rutledge said. “I will continue to prosecute those who abuse the system.”
In one charge, Durmon allegedly submitted 2,557 claims for X-rays for 85 Medicaid recipients from October 2016 through December 2017. Records indicate Durmon had not properly taken, developed, used or maintained X-rays as required by Medicaid program regulations.
Durmon was paid a total of $153,077.95 for the claims, according to the news release.
In the second charge, Durmon allegedly submitted 637 claims for various dental services, including extractions, amalgam and resin composite fillings for 33 Medicaid recipients from September 2015 through December 2017.
Records indicate Durmon charged the Medicaid program for those services, but the services were not provided. Durmon was paid a total of $33,383.05 for the claims, according to the news release.