A former Fall River dentist who allegedly used pieces of paper clips during root canal procedures instead of the standard stainless steel posts pleaded not guilty today to a variety of charges, the attorney general's office said.
Michael Clair, 51, formerly of Fall River and now of Maryland, was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on charges that include assault and battery, larceny over $250, making false Medicaid claims, and illegally prescribing medicines.
Clair was indicted last month. Prosecutors have said he was suspended by Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for low-income people, in 2002.
Clair's attorney, John Dingee, said he had just taken the case and couldn't comment. He noted that his client had "pled not guilty to every indictment."
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