For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Kriss Bivens Cloyd
(208) 334-4119

Date: May 5, 2015

Pullman Dentist Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud

(Boise) – An Eastern Washington dentist, Alfred Fairbanks, convicted of four felony counts of provider fraud, has been sentenced to five years in prison, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced today. The court suspended the prison sentence.

Second District Judge John R. Stegner ordered Alfred Fairbanks, 69, to serve 90 days in the county jail and pay $100,000 in fines. Fairbanks will be supervised on probation for five years and must perform 200 hours of community service.

On January 28, a jury determined that Fairbanks had intentionally submitted false claims to Medicaid for dental work he had not provided. Former patients of Fairbanks were examined by a dentist as part of a Medicaid fraud investigation. Of the 43 patients examined, 29 did not have the fillings in their teeth that Fairbanks had filed for reimbursement. However, the trial focused on alleged misconduct on just two clients, in part because of the five-year statute of limitations and challenges related to venue. These false claims were submitted between January 2009 and May 2010.

The case was jointly investigated by the Idaho Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Pullman City Police Department assisted in the investigation by executing a search warrant on Fairbanks’ dental clinic. Bill Thompson, the Latah County prosecutor, agreed to the appointment of the Attorney General’s Office to prosecute the case.

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