GLENDALE – A retired Glendale dentist was arrested on Thursday for insurance fraud the California Department of Insurance said. The 71-year-old retired dentist, Dr. Kenneth Webber was arrested at his Claremont home for five felony counts of insurance fraud.
Webber is accused of submitting fraudulent claims to insurance carriers for over $21 thousand. The claims were allegedly submitted for services that were never provided to the patients.
“Health insurance fraud is a national criminal epidemic totaling billions of dollars annually,” said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. “As a trusted healthcare provider, Webber’s alleged fraud is deplorable. We all pay for these crimes when insurers pass the losses along through higher premiums.”
The Department of Insurance became aware of the fraud when another dentist, who purchased Webber’s practice in 2013 submitted claims for work the patients needed. Several of the claims were rejected since the insurance company said the work was already performed, billed and paid to Webber’s practice.
The Department of Insurance launched an investigation upon receiving the information. They were able to uncover evidence showing that Webber falsified forms billing the insurance for work that was never performed. Around 60 percent of the patient records had proof fraudulent billing.
Webber is being held in lieu of $125,000 bail and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted as charged.
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