DETROIT – A dentist who was charged with 27 separate felonies in May in connection with an alleged Medicaid fraud scheme was taken into custody after spending several months out of the country.
David Johnson, 51, of Chesterfield Township, was charged with one count of racketeering, twenty counts of fourth-offense Medicaid fraud and six counts of health care fraud.
Johnson owned and operated Livernois Dental, but has since sold the practice. John had been moving outside of the country since the charges were issued.
U.S. Marshals said they caught up with him last week in the Dominican Republic.
“Medical professionals are expected to conduct themselves with integrity and adherence to the law. A deliberate attempt to take advantage of the Medicaid system shows no regard for the law, and violators will face the consequences of their action,” Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said. “I would like to thank the U.S. Marshals Service for their hand work and dedication to apprehending the alleged offender so that he may face these accusations in a court of law.”
Johnson is in custody in Miami, Florida, and will be transported back to Michigan in the coming weeks.
Case background from the Attorney General’s Office:
"Schuette’s Health Care Fraud Division began an investigation into Johnson after receiving an allegation that he was billing the Medicaid program using the identifying information of another dentist. Johnson was placed on the Medicaid exclusion list following earlier Medicaid fraud convictions in 2006. The Medicaid exclusion list is a list of health care providers prohibited from billing the Medicaid program.
"Johnson allegedly used an eligible doctor’s information to improperly bill $1.7 million over the course of three years."
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