Ex-dentist used paper clips

An ex-dentist admitted to cheating Medicaid by using paper clips in root canals in place of more expensive surgical stainless-steel.

Michael Clair, who practiced in Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to several  charges, including assault and battery, larceny, illegally prescribing prescription drugs, witness intimidation and defrauding Medicaid out of http://www.30,000.

Prosecutors said the 53-year-old billed Medicaid for stainless-steel posts, but used cheap paper clips in root canals to make extra money. The flimsy metal put patients at risk of infection and pain.

Clair, who now lives in Maryland, was suspended by Medicaid in 2002, but continued to file claims through June 2005 by using other names, according to prosecutors.

Source: www.nbcnewyork.com