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Dentist Sentenced for Health Care Fraud

by Katie Pyzyk September 25, 2012 at 3:10 pm 5,817 17 Comments

A dentist who lives in Arlington but practices in Alexandria has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for health care fraud.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 43-year-old Tuan Vu, who owns Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, PLLC, pled guilty in January to committing health care fraud. Court documents show that Vu admitted the scheme took place at least from January 2007 to September 2011, when he billed dental insurance providers for services he never performed on his patients.

Because of the scheme, more than 50 private insurance providers lost more than $2 million. The federal government and the Commonwealth of Virginia also suffered losses, including more than $300,000 to the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program and the Virginia Medicaid program.

Vu was sentenced to 46 months in prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release. Additionally, he was ordered to pay a $250,000 fine and more than $2 million in restitution.

  • Columbia Pike Trolley

    Democrat who lives in Arlington, Jim Moran, showered with sycophantic praise by his constituents for decades despite similar fraudulent activities.

    • Mike

      Really??? I’m surprised Moran was able to get away with something like this. A House Member with no dental training submitting bills for dental services really should have raised all sorts of red flags!

    • drax

      If you have evidence that Moran should be prosecuted, by all means bring it to the attention of authorities.

    • Trolly Troll

      Jim Moran: Worst Dentist Ever

      • JackFan

        I’m sorry – but this whole exchange has made my day! Too funny…

        • Newsy Mom

          +1 – love these comments more than the news itself!

      • Cap’t Omar

        +1

  • bubba

    you’re off your trolley

  • DarkHeart

    Drill, baby, drill.

  • craig2

    VU you just got served

  • Not Me

    Awesome! Now its full steam ahead on all the Financial fraudsters who cratered the economy by overleveraging and gambling with pensions and selling prepackaged overvalued subprime investments, right?

    It’s not that simple? Why is that?

    They paid how much towards the politicians campaigns?
    Oh wow, that is a lot.

    They are our job creators. Ahhh, I see, I didn’t know that, ok.

  • JimPB

    This white collar crime involved the theft of at least $2.3 million. If the restitution specified in the sentence occurs (seeing is believing), the net amount stolen still towers over what is typically taken in street crime thefts. So, how does the sentence of 4 years behind bars (minus possible time for good behavior and early parole??) compare to the typical sentences for street crime stealing? Bottom line: White collar crime pays with a higher net gain and less severe consequences.

    But the dentist’s net is minute compared to that from corporation crime. There may be a fine, but it’ represents a minute portion of the profit.
    (An irritating cost of doing business.) And while a majority of the supremes have declared that corporations are persons, corporations don’t do prison time. And their execs and board members, who get bonuses and stock options for the net profit, don’t pay fines, nor do they do the time for the crime. They don’t even return bonuses and stock options from the ill-begotten profit.

    So: Big boy crime for mega-bucks pays handsomely while Little boy (individual or small group) street of office crime pays a relative pittance, and there is often time to serve for the crime.

    What does this say about justice?

    • Mr. Brown

      That violence, or the threat of physical violence, is still considered more heinous than theft. It’s not that hard to figure out…

  • WmnInRed

    Now if we could just do something about the dentists who diagnose cavities we don’t have and root canals we don’t need.

    • FictionalCavities

      [This post removed because it contained unsubstantiated and specific allegations of criminal activity by an entity not associated with the article]

    • bman

      be careful or we are going to pull out all your teeth next time and put in some dentures

  • Lisa

    He was a terrible dentist, we used to go to him around 2002. He messed up my teeth terribly and my daughter too. He billed our insurance company for procedures which he did not perform. When I asked him about the incorrect bill, he blamed the errors on his new staff. But I knew he was lying, so I just said, you should tell your staff to be very careful the next time.

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