Lawyers Ask Judge to Allow Dentist Charge Medicaid

POSTED: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 9:00am

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 3:50pm

State Representative Tara Rios went before a federal judge on Monday to get permission to practice dentistry on Medicaid patients and would consider the request and issuing a ruling on Tuesday.

A federal grand jury indicted Rio's, a dentist, last month on charges of stemming from an alleged healthcare fraud scheme with several other dentists. She has been released on the condition that she and the other co-defendants be barred from treating Medicaid and Medicare patients. The charges stem from an investigation into the dentists receiving kickbacks in turn for referring patients to surgeon Gary Morgan Schwarz.

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SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WAS DOING, SHE SHOLUD NOT BE ALLOWED TO PRACTICE. IF SHE'S LET OFF WITH A WARNING, WHAT KIND OF AN EXAMPLE IS THIS JUDGE SENDING OUT.

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