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Valdosta Dentist to Prison For Healthcare Fraud
Mar 17, 2017

Valdosta Dentist Sentenced To 27 Months In Prison For Healthcare Fraud

Dr. Stanley B. Marable, DDS, age 55, a dentist from Valdosta, Georgia, was sentenced March 16, 2017 to serve 27 months in Federal prison for Healthcare Fraud followed by 2 years of supervised release. In addition, Dr. Marable was ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 and a $100 mandatory assessment fee, United States Attorney G. F. "Pete" Peterman, III, announced. The sentence was handed down by United States District Court Judge Hugh Lawson in Valdosta, Georgia.

Dr. Marable entered a plea of guilty on October 13, 2016. Facts admitted showed that he was a general practice dentist in Valdosta who was reimbursed through Medicaid payments from the State of Georgia. In 2012, at the request of the Georgia Department of Community Health, Division of Medical Assistance, an audit was performed by the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts.

Several billing irregularities were discovered. Further investigation by the Georgia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit revealed that from January 2011 through September 30, 2013, Dr. Marable was paid for 3,145 claims for the extraction of teeth and received Medicaid payments for these extractions totaling more than $789,000.00.

The investigation of the claims revealed that Dr. Marable had not actually extracted the teeth from many of the patients for whom claims of reimbursement had been submitted. Several patients had never had any teeth extracted including one individual who did not even know Dr. Marable was a dentist.

As part of his plea agreement, Dr. Marable agreed to pay a total of $789,841.00 in restitution to the Georgia Medicaid Program. The full amount of restitution was paid prior to sentencing.

Said United States Attorney Peterman, "Dr. Marable's conduct in this case was egregious. In many cases he claimed to have pulled 20 or more teeth from a single patient. In one case he claimed to have extracted 31 of the patient's 32 teeth. He fully deserves the sentence imposed upon him today."

The case was investigated by the Georgia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and Georgia Department of Community Health – Office of Inspector General. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Sonja Profit and Tamara Jarrett and Georgia Assistant Attorney General James Mooney.

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