AG: Dentist used paper clips in root canals - BostonHerald.com
Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Medicaid Fraud Unit said Michael J. Clair, who ran Harbour Dental in Fall River, was indicted Friday on five counts of Medicaid fraud, two counts of assault and battery, three counts of larceny over $250, and illegally prescribing two types of drugs.
Coakley’s office said the former dentist illegally prescribed painkillers and used parts of paper clips as posts when performing root canals on some MassHealth patients, to save money.
“In certain instances, paper clips can be used temporarily, but . . . Clair intended for the paper clips, which can cause infection, discomfort and pain, to be a permanent fix for his patients,” Coakley’s office said in a statement.
The charges are the latest in a long slide for Clair, the son of a Maryland dentist, whose career began to unravel in 1999 after the Maryland medicine board accused him of performing unnecessary root canals and filling replacements in order to drive up the bill, Massachusetts state records show. In some cases, the unnecessary dental work forced some patients to have root canals, state records show.