A northwest Georgia dental service could be in hot water, following an investigation into a large number of complaints being filed regarding the business.
Complaints claiming unnecessary dental work was being performed – including the improper use of restraints on children – led both local and federal authorities to execute a search warrant at the 204 Redmond Road location of Children’s Dentistry of Rome – in November of 2012.
That action led to the seizure of several documents, which are still under review – at this point no charges have been filed against anyone.
A forensic dentist and a forensic auditor are working with Rome Police in two separate, on-going investigations.
District Attorney Leigh Patterson, said that she couldn’t estimate just how long that investigation would take.
Reportedly the forensic dentist will apply her knowledge of dentistry to the law, and determine if the alleged abuse rises to the level of civil or criminal action; they’ll also examine if anyone paid for unneeded dental work – or work that the patient never received.
Police affidavits in the case list Dr. Maheshvar Patel, Robin Guice, Christy McStotts and Denise Carver.
Patel worked at the office while Guice, McStotts and Carver actually owned the business.
Warrants state that MCG Management, Inc. had billed more than $13 million in Medicaid claims since 2008 with some victims and other dentists alleging the dental work was unneeded.