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March 9, 2009

PASADENA DENTIST INDICTED FOR MEDICAID FRAUD

(HOUSTON) – A 24-count indictment charging Dr. David Lloyd Gonzales Jr., of Pasadena, with health care fraud was unsealed today following the dentist’s arrest by state agents, acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. Gonzalez, 46, was arrested at his place of business located on the 700 block of Pasadena Blvd., in Pasadena, at approximately 9:45 a.m.He made his initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Francis Stacy, at which time he entered a plea of not guilty and was ordered released on a $100,000 bond.

The indictment, returned by a Houston grand jury under seal on Wednesday, March 3, 2009, accuses Gonzales, among other things, of billing for root canals not performed, for crowns that were not placed on patients’ teeth, for extracting teeth that were not extracted and for fillings that were not performed. Medicaid pays for dental services for eligible beneficiaries from infancy to age 21. Gonzales became a Medicaid provider in 1994, and Medicaid suspended the dentist from its program in 2005. Since 1994, Gonzales billed Medicaid approximately $1.8 million for services purportedly performed on eligible beneficiaries and was paid approximately $1.5 million, according to allegations in the indictment.

The statutory maximum penalty for each alleged health care fraud violation upon conviction, is imprisonment for not more than 10 years and a fine of not more than $250,000.  

This case was the result of the investigative efforts of the Texas Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Unit, FBI and the United States Attorney’s  Office. Special Assistant United States Attorney Suzanne Bradley is prosecuting the case.

An indictment is an accusation of criminal conduct, and not evidence. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.

 

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