Indianapolis dentist faces Medicaid fraud charges

January 24, 2012 10:00:00 PM PST
An Indianapolis dentist faces Medicaid fraud charges for allegedly billing the state for unnecessary dental work.

Arnel J. Gallanosa was charged Wednesday with 10 counts of Medicaid fraud, five counts of theft and three counts of conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud. He declined to comment on the allegations.

A court affidavit alleges Gallanosa offered patients money for accepting free dental work, then billed Indiana's Medicaid program.

In one instance, Gallanosa allegedly paid a man who recruited three dental patients from an Indianapolis mental health facility. Prosecutors say the same day he removed 33 teeth from the three patients.

The man who recruited the three patients for Gallanosa has already pleaded guilty to prescription fraud charges for stealing pain-killers from them after Gallanosa wrote the patients prescriptions.