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For Immediate Release

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AG Gansler Secures Guilty Plea in Medicaid Fraud Case
Baltimore County man submitted bogus dental claims

Baltimore, MD ( July 25, 2012) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Spencer Brown, 51, of Woodstock, pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City to one count of felony Medicaid fraud for billing the Medicaid Program $156,918 for services that were never provided. The charges arose out of claims for dental services submitted to the Medicaid program by Brown in his capacity as an employee of his wife, Lisa Valentine, D.D.S., from January 2008 through November 2010. A sentencing date is set for December 7, 2012.

"Not only is submitting phony Medicaid claims illegal, it breaches the trust we place in medical professionals to put patients' interests first," said Attorney General Gansler. "This defendant rightfully faces a severe punishment for attempting to defraud a system that is in place to protect the most vulnerable among us."

Felony Medicaid fraud is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. The case was investigated by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Office of the Attorney General, with assistance from the Maryland State Police.


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