AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — A West Texas orthodontist has pleaded guilty to improperly billing the state Medicaid program for millions of dollars.
The Amarillo Globe-News reports (http://bit.ly/12d0HXM ) that Michael David Goodwin pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of health care fraud. The 63-year-old Goodwin faces up to 10 years.
An investigation by authorities showed that Goodwin was billing Medicaid for work done by dental assistants and booking patients at 10-minute increments, pushing them to rush treatments. He also billed for work he supposedly did at his Amarillo office on days that flight records showed he was in Indiana.
Goodwin admitted filing $2.6 million in billings, some of which were not medically necessary, for at least four years starting in 2008.
Prosecutors have moved to dismiss related charges against Goodwin's wife and office manager.
Information from: Amarillo Globe-News, http://www.amarillo.com