Livingston Dentist Charged in $5.5M Medicaid Scam

The Livingston resident was one of seven people indicted in connected with the scam Thursday, officials said.

A dentist from Livingston accused in a scam that stole over $5.5M from Medicaid over six years was indicted Thursday, along with six of her alleged accomplices, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced in a release Thursday.

According to the release, Mary D. “Marydee” Anerousis, 47, worked as a practicing dentist at New Jersey Mobile Dental in Colts Neck, which overbilled Medicaid for practices they provided at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult day care facilities, and private homes throughout the state.

Anerousis, four other dentists and two office managers are implicated in the 31-count indictment, which charged the group with conspiracy, insurance fraud, health care claims fraud, theft by deception and misconduct by a corporate official, all in the second degree, and third-degree Medicaid fraud, the release said.

“These defendants’ alleged actions not only defrauded the Medicaid program, but also preyed upon vulnerable individuals who sought to utilize NJ Mobile’s services,” Chiesa said.

According to the indictment, Anerousis and her accomplices allegedly overbilled Medicaid for services and added arbitrary charges, like a “Behavior Management,” charge and a “trip charge” to almost every Medicaid patient they treated, Chiesa said.

Between Jan. 2003 and Aug. 2009, the dentists also allegedly submitted 3,714 claims to Medicaid for dental procedures that were never performed, and in one case even submitted a claim for a procedure done on a patient who was deceased, the release said.

An investigation into the practices of the now-defunct company began last year when the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit uncovered NJ Mobile’s suspicious billing, the release said. The investigation included undercover surveillance, and a search of the Colts Neck office, officials said.

The group is facing at least five years in state prison, and fines of up to $150,000, per count.

Nancy Heins-Glaser February 10, 2013 at 11:17 PM
HOW TO PUNISH THOSE FRAUDS? Can criminal justice keep up with all bad behaviors? We want less government; its means less oversight of costs and more chances for bad acting. Banks/lenders are shown to be predatory - giving false hope and outrageous loans. Whose fault is this - people? Banks? Criminal charges for greed are needed for them too. How do we do the fix in NJ? Blame "greedy teachers" for "kids fail/state's broke!" Scapegoats aren't new. Lets try to blame ONE person/ONE arm of government/ONE party/politician. People not keeping up with mortgages?Its irresponsible mortgage holders -- wait/its a lenders' problem. ALL costs require monitoring/nipping errors in the bud/looking for trends. Its USAs FITS AND STARTs -- try this, no /stop that and try this way NOW all based on politics. Each change interrupts continuity. Our money days set us up/but we were happy. Lower home equity loans were good for many. We didn't see dangers as we were into"ourselves." We find out corps/banks HEDGED a BET against themselves. Is this acceptable? What crimes were they punished for? Rampant ID theft, on line crimes, and ponzi schemes aren't new. Medical theft is a ponzi scheme. Standard & Poor's ratings were fake. What happened to them? We're part/parcel of the problem. Maybe if we see a collective pool of money - we'll care less about SAVE ME MONEY NOW. Putting money where our mouth is/is needed now. If there's a will/there's a way - IF we do it together. Zero tolerance for fraud.
Carla Gabriele February 11, 2013 at 06:01 PM
If you don't know the situation, don't comment. She did absolutely nothing wrong. She worked for the wrong person that's the problem. Get the facts straight. There's two sides to every story and unfortunately an innocent person is paying for someone else's wrongdoing.
Comfortably Numb February 13, 2013 at 10:20 PM
Walter O, what is your basis to assume 6 years is a long time? Have you ever been part of a Medicaid or Medicare fraud investigation???
Comfortably Numb February 13, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Unfortunately Carla, if website article comments were comments from people that understood situations there would be no comments.
Deidre Trama February 26, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Yes Carla. We both personally know MaryDee. She is an exceptional mother, daughter, wife and friend. I have never known her to be anything other than honest and kind. Everyone's all ready to judge without knowing the facts.


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