Keches Law Group’s Maria Mancini Scott Represents Whistleblower in False Claims Act Case That Results in Settlement of $1.375 Million Against Dental Practice

Maria Mancini Scott of Keches Law Group represented Ms. Sampaio

Keches Law Group, P.C. is pleased to announce the resolution of a case brought by Ashley Sampaio, a former office manager of Dental Dreams, LLC, a chain of dental offices doing business throughout Massachusetts and in 10 other states. According to court documents, while working at Dental Dreams office in Fall River, Massachusetts, Sampaio observed billing practices that made her uncomfortable. She saw dentists assert fraudulent claims to MassHealth for dental services that were not performed or were not compensable. Sampaio alleged that simple tooth extractions were billed as complex surgery and fillings and sealants were billed but never performed, resulting in Dental Dreams receipt of government funds for services they never completed.

Ms. Sampaio left Dental Dreams and filed a lawsuit under the False Claims Act on behalf of the federal and Massachusetts governments in which she alleged that her former employer submitted false claims to MassHealth. The U.S. Attorney and the Massachusetts Attorney General resolved the case, requiring Dental Dreams to repay the government $1.375 million. As the whistleblower in the case, Ms. Sampaio will receive a portion of the settlement funds and Dental Dreams will pay Ms. Sampaio’s attorney’s fees.

In the official Department of Justice Announcement, Acting U.S. Attorney William D. Weinreb said “Dental Dreams enriched itself at taxpayer expense by improperly billing Medicaid.”

In the same announcement, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said “This dental chain’s extensive improper billing violated state regulations and cost our state’s Medicaid program more than a million dollars.”

The case, United States ex…

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