Dentist pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud
by MDJ staff
November 26, 2013 12:19 AM | 3959 views | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — A local dentist pleaded guilty in Cobb Superior Court Monday to fraudulently billing more than $2.2 million in Medicaid payments.

Dr. Kenneth Morris Wiggins Jr. is the owner and operator of Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, which has offices in Marietta and Roswell.

Between Jan. 1, 2007, and March 11, 2009, Wiggins was enrolled as a provider of services in the Georgia Medicaid Program’s Dental Services. Wiggins fraudulently billed Medicaid for tooth re-implantations and complicated suturing of wounds for 220 Medicaid patients, although he never performed the procedures on these patients, according to the Georgia Attorney General’s Office.

After Wiggins was indicted in 2011, he fled to the Netherlands, and in February 2013 he was located in Belize. U.S. Marshals transported him from Belize to Miami, where he waived extradition and was then transported to Cobb County. He has been held in the Cobb County jail without bond since returning to Cobb County.

“The defendant in this case thought he could escape the law by fleeing the country,” said Attorney General Olens. “Through the collaboration of my office, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Department of Community Health and the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, we were able to apprehend Dr. Wiggins and hold him accountable for his crimes. I commend the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and all of our partners for the successful prosecution of this case.”

Judge A. Gregory Poole sentenced Wiggins to seven years in prison and ordered him to pay restitution in the amount of $2.23 million.

Wiggins has been practicing dentistry for approximately 16 years, according to vitals.com, a website that helps patients find and review doctors. His Marietta office was located at 1611 Sands Place SE, off of Cobb Parkway just south of Delk Road.

Assistant Attorney General Robin E. Daitch prosecuted the case on behalf of the State of Georgia. The investigation was conducted by Investigator Bradley Newcomer, Investigative Auditor Denise Colson, Chief Analyst Carmen Staley and Nurse Investigator Darlene Herndon of the Georgia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Investigators Brent L. Crowder and Renee Sherwood of the Department of Community Health/Office of the Inspector General’s Program Integrity Section assisted with the investigation.

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November 27, 2013
Sad that all of the people he has helped throughout the years he gets this type of punishment. I know he didn't run because he thought he could escape the law, he did it because he was scared.

The awards, achievements, and years of service that he has accomplished throughout the years means nothing to the verdict.

If people would look at the full picture instead of just the main facts the decision would have been more fair.

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