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Mass. AG: Dentist used paper clips in root canals

March 16, 2010

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FALL RIVER, Mass.—A former Massachusetts dentist is accused of putting paper clips in patients' mouths during root canals, then billing Medicaid for the stainless steel posts he should have used.

The state attorney general announced Tuesday that a grand jury indicted former Fall River dentist Michael Clair last week on charges including assault and battery, larceny, submitting false claims to Medicaid and illegally prescribing prescription drugs.

Prosecutors said Clair, who now lives in Maryland, was suspended by Medicaid in 2002. He allegedly hired other dentists for his clinic and filed claims under their numbers between August 2003 and June 2005. He's also accused of illegally prescribing drugs to staffers who returned medications to him.

Clair is to be arraigned April 8. A telephone listing could not be found for him and it's unclear if he has an attorney.