A dental management company and more than 130 of its affiliatesin 17 states have agreed to pay $23.9 million plus interest tosettle civil charges that they fraudulently billed the government formedically unnecessary dental services performed on children, theU.S. Department of Justice announced.

“The allegations in these cases are particularly egregiousbecause they involved medically unnecessary dental servicesperformed on children,” said John H. Durham, U.S. attorney for theDistrict of Connecticut in a statement.

Kool Smiles dental clinics and their parent company, Benevis,formerly known as NCDR, based in Marietta, Georgia, violatedthe federal False Claims Act by billing state Medicaid programs formedically unnecessary baby root canals, tooth extractions andstainless steel crowns, as well as baby root canals that were neverperformed, according to the Justice Department.

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Kristen Rasmussen

Kristen Rasmussen is an Atlanta-based reporter who covers corporate law departments and in-house attorneys.