Attorney General Gansler Secures Settlement with Salisbury Periodontist
Dental specialist improperly billed Medicaid, must pay $340,000 in damages
Baltimore, MD (Nov. 21, 2013) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that the State of Maryland has reached an agreement with Stewart Perim, D.D.S., of Salisbury, requiring him to repay the Medicaid program $340,000 in civil damages. An investigation showed the Dr. Perim, a board-certified periodontist who also specializes in orthodontics, billed the Medicaid program for services that were not rendered, including bite adjustments, fillings and appointments for office visits.
"The outcome of this lengthy investigation was worth the wait for Maryland taxpayers," said Attorney General Gansler. "Our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit will hold accountable medical professionals who try to cheat the system."
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Office of the Attorney General conducted a five-year investigation into Dr. Perim's practice. The investigation by the MFCU included numerous interviews with Dr. Perim's former patients and staff, as well as consultations with a variety of dental experts.
Under the terms of the settlement, Dr. Perim will no longer be a provider in the Maryland Medicaid program as of January 1, 2014.
Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Tom Rafter, Investigators Valerie Puig and John Bettinger, and Auditor Ruth Jarrell, all from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, for their work on this case.