Scott Charmoli Wiki – Biography
Scott Charmoli, A Wisconsin dentist has been accused of purposefully damaging his patients’ teeth in a scheme to fraudulently obtain insurance money for their crown procedures.
Charmoli, who lives in Grafton, Wisconsin, allegedly began his scheme in January 2016 by falsely advising patients that they needed crowns.
He would then allegedly damage the patients’ teeth during the crown procedure and use photos and X-rays of that damage to obtain insurance coverage for the crowns, the indictment alleges.
Scott Charmoli Age
Scott Charmoli is 60-years-old.
Charged & Arrested
A Wisconsin dentist has been accused of purposefully damaging his patients’ teeth in a scheme to fraudulently obtain insurance money for their crown procedures.
Scott Charmoli, 60, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Tuesday on multiple accounts of health care fraud and false statements relating to health care matters, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin Matthew D. Krueger announced this week in a press release.
“The indictment asserts that by submitting X-rays and photographs of teeth he had purposefully altered, Charmoli made materially false and fraudulent statements to insurance companies in connection with the delivery of, and payment for, health care benefits,” Krueger’s press release states.
Charmoli allegedly performed more than $2 million worth of crown procedures between January 1, 2018, and August 7, 2019 alone.
“The Justice Department focuses on prosecuting health care fraud not only to protect health care funds but also to protect patients who entrust their well being to providers,” Krueger said in a statement.
Charmoli could face up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, up to a $250,000 fine and $100 special assessment if he is convicted, the DOJ said.
The dentist is scheduled for arraignment and a plea hearing on December 30, ABC News reported. Charmoli’s attorney could not immediately be reached by PEOPLE.
The indictment said Charmoli would frequently take photographs or an X-ray of the tooth and show the patient a line or a spot that Charmoli would say was a fracture.
The court documents said the patients would believe Charmoli because “he was the expert.”
The indictment said during the procedure, Charmoli would use a drill to break off a portion, most often a cusp, of the patient’s tooth.
Then, after intentionally damaging the tooth, the indictment said Charmoli would take another X-ray showing the broken tooth, then would perform the crown procedure and submit it all to insurance.
Court documents say as part of his scheme, Charmoli performed a large number of crown procedures.