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Amarillo Dentist Indicted in Medicaid Scheme

The dentist was indicted on 11 counts of health care fraud

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    A Texas dentist who also sees patients in Indiana has been indicted in an alleged $1.5 million Medicaid scheme.

    Prosecutors in Amarillo say 63-year-old Dr. Michael David Goodwin was indicted Wednesday on 11 counts of health care fraud.

    Investigators say the Amarillo orthodontist, who also practices in Crown Point, Ind., billed the government program for more services than provided or for unnecessary procedures. The time frame was 2008 through March 2011.

    The indictment says employees sometimes scheduled more than 100 patients per day at times when Goodwin was not to be in the office. Prosecutors say unqualified dental assistants did some procedures. Some dentists not enrolled in the Medicaid program allegedly provided care on behalf of Goodwin.

    Goodwin could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday.