Dentist arrested for writing bad prescriptions

Let’s face it, going to the dentist can be an unpleasant experience — the numbing shots, the drilling, the fillings, the illegally prescribed drugs. Wait — what?

That’s what we said too, when the Michigan State Police contacted Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to tell us they were investigating a dentist in Jackson for improperly prescribing controlled substances.

Additionally, the dentist seemed to have a drug problem of his own. He was writing prescriptions for controlled substances for people in exchange for pills, which he took himself.

A promising career in the field of science destroyed by greed and illegal substances — sounds familiar. But unfortunately, this time it’s not the plot of a television show.

State police arrested the dentist at his dental office and he was charged with four counts of delivery of a controlled substance. The dentist waived his preliminary exam and he is currently awaiting trial.

State police are also investigating this dental office for fraudulently billing insurance companies for services that weren’t given. The office manager is also being investigated for falsely calling in prescriptions for controlled substances for herself and family members. Charges are pending against the office manager.

We urge Blues members who suspect health care fraud to call our Anti-Fraud Hotline at 1-800-482-3787 or to report fraud at bcbsm.com.