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New Jersey Dentist Agrees to $1.1 Million Payment and 50-Year Exclusion To Settle Civil Monetary Penalty Case

Roben Brookhim, an unlicensed Dentist in New Jersey, agreed to pay $1,134,000 for allegedly violating the Civil Monetary Penalties Law and agreed to be excluded from participation in Federal health care programs for a period of fifty years under 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7a and 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7(b)(7). OIG alleged that Brookhim owned, controlled, and managed Associated Dental NP, LLC (ADNP), a New Jersey dental practice with multiple locations, in violation of his exclusion from Federal health care program participation in August 2000. OIG further alleged that as part of his fraud scheme, Brookhim assumed the identity of a licensed New Jersey dentist (Dentist A), to provide services to ADNP patients. Brookhim assumed Dentist A's identity because Brookhim's license to practice dentistry was suspended in 1999 and revoked in 2004. OIG contends that Brookhim presented claims for services to various New Jersey Medicaid Managed Care Organizations identifying Dentist A as having providing services; in fact, Dentist A never rendered services to ADNP patients. Brookhim continued to pose as Dentist A and submit claims in his name -- even after Dentist A died. Senior Counsels David Blank and Michael Torrisi represented OIG with the assistance of Paralegal Specialist Mariel Filtz. News Release


Action Details

  • Date:January 11, 2017
  • Enforcement Types:
    • CMP and Affirmative Exclusions