BRIDGEPORT, Conn.—North Kingstown resident Gary Anusavice pleaded guilty on Monday in a federal courtroom to charges of health care fraud and tax evasion.
Anusavice, 60, who is a dentist by practice, was arrested last May after a federal investigation revealed that he established a $20 million Medicaid fraud scheme at dentistry offices throughout Connecticut.
“Despite being excluded from participating in both Medicare and Medicaid, Mr. Anusavice devised and orchestrated elaborate schemes to defraud these government-sponsored health care programs with undaunted avarice and greed,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Mertz. “His frauds not only greatly undermined the financial security of these vital programs but also impacted the ability of legitimate medical professionals to provide important health services to those truly in need.”
From 2008 to 2011, Anusavice purchased and operated a number of dental clinics in West Haven, Trumbull and Stamford, through which he filed false claims with Medicaid in order to reimburse the clinics with nearly $21 million in Medicaid funding.
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