Accused Paper Clip Dentist in Big Trouble
An ex-Fall River dentist, who had been charged with Medical fraud for practices such as using paper clips in place of stainless steel posts while carrying out root canals, was set free on personal grounds after the dentist plead guilty.
Prosecutors said that Michael Clair, 51, who is at present living in Maryland, received orders from a judge in New Bedford, who told him to cut all his contacts with his previous patients who are now among the list of his accusers.
Clair has been suspended from practicing in three states. His career started falling in 1999 after the Maryland Medicine Board found him practicing unnecessary root canals and fillings in order to increase the bill charges, as shown by the Records obtained from Massachusetts.
Maryland revoked his license in the year 1999 after which, Florida did the same in 2001 and 2002. Massachusetts authorities began reviewing the cases that led to Clair's licenses being suspended in the year 2005.
The way Clair would carry out root canals on his patients; it could have proved to be extremely dangerous because he used paper clips in place of posts, resulting in serious infection.
Clair has also been charged with defrauding cases in which he charged Medicaid of $130,000, assault and battery, illegally prescribing medicines and theft.
Prosecutors said that Clair was suspended by Medicaid in 2002, but he continued to file claims from August 2003 to June 2005 under the names of other dentists who had been practicing under his supervision.
Though bail has been granted to Clair, he has been told to adhere to some rules and regulations that have been ordered to him by Maryland court. He had been ordered to surrender his passport, which means that he is now not supposed to leave the country. He is supposed to remain grounded.