Dentist pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud

An Independence dentist pleaded guilty Thursday in a $167,000 Medicaid fraud conspiracy.

Federal prosecutors said 66-year-old James R. Dye admitted submitting more than 200 fraudulent Medicaid claims between 2010 and 2015 while working at dental clinics in southern Missouri.

According to prosecutors, Dye and two co-conspirators bought orthodontic appliances for about $50 each but claimed they were a different type of device when they billed Medicaid for $675 to $695 apiece.

As part of the guilty plea, Dye must forfeit $167,090 to the government. A sentencing date has not been set.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc