ANDERSON — The owner of an Anderson dental center and three dentists were among nine people charged in an alleged Medicaid fraud scheme, the Indiana Attorney General’s Office said Wednesday.
Sally Metzner, owner of Anderson Dental Center Inc., and her staff are suspected of submitting false claims to Medicaid in order to receive more money from the health care provider than allowed, Attorney General Greg Zoeller said.
Metzner has served as first co-owner and then owner of the center, 1537 S. Scatterfield Road in Anderson, since the original owner, Dr. Gerald Funderburk, died in 2001, according to records.
According to court documents, one of the dentists, Dr. Thomas Dubois, provided services to Medicaid patients from 2006 to 2010 despite not being a licensed Medicaid provider. The probable cause affidavit claims Metzner and her associates billed hundreds of thousands of dollars illegally to Medicaid.
Most of the false Medicaid claims were for deep sedation services for patients. Court documents said the center ranked first in Indiana in the number of filings to Indiana Medicaid for deep sedation reimbursements despite evidence that none of the dentists had a permit to administer anesthesia.
Metzner, 57, of Chesterfield, received a cease-and-desist order in December for operating a dental clinic without a dental license of her own. Now, she has been charged with 17 total counts including two counts of corrupt business influence, also known as racketeering, a Class C felony.
She is also charged with money laundering, seven counts of Medicaid fraud, four counts of theft, two counts of forgery and one count of practicing dentistry without a license. All of the charges are felonies. Metzner appeared in court Wednesday for an initial hearing with Magistrate Stephen Clase. Metzner entered a not guilty plea and as of Wednesday night was still housed in the Madison County Jail.