Daily outrage: Former dentist charged with Medicaid fraud 

WHAT: Michael Clair, whose dentistry license has been revoked in three states, is being arraigned April 8 on an indictment for cheating Medicaid of at least $130,000 during two years. Clair is charged with placing parts of paper clips instead of stainless steel posts inside the teeth of root-canal patients and billing Medicaid for the more expensive devices.

WHY IT’S A BAD IDEA: The paper clips were likely to cause infection, discomfort and pain when used as a permanent fix, so Clair illegally prescribed painkillers. He also was accused of performing unnecessary root canals in order to drive up billing. In some cases, the unnecessary and botched dental work forced patients to undergo proper root canals.

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