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Dentist sinks teeth into fraud

Posted On: Jun. 28, 2019 12:15 PM CST

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A family whose dental insurance was billed for 110 root canals is at the heart of charges filed Tuesday against a California dentist who allegedly scammed insurers out of $600,000, according to NBC 7 San Diego.

San Diego-based dentist April Rose Ambrosio is facing 75 felony counts of insurance fraud in connection with billing claims — more than $950 per claim — to eight companies for procedures she never performed, according to the news report.

Specifically, Dr. Ambrosio claimed to have performed 623 root canals on 75 patients, an average of more than eight root canals per patient, over three years, according to the report.

Dr. Ambrosio faces 83 years in prison if convicted on all 75 counts, according to the report.