A Quincy-based dentist, previously banned from the state’s Medicaid program, MassHealth, was indicted Tuesday for allegedly filing more than $200,000 in false claims under another doctor’s name, according to the office of State Attorney General Maura Healey.
Shahrzad Haghayegh-Askarian, 43, of Norwell, and her company, Dazzling Smile Care PC, were charged with making false Medicaid claims and larceny over $1,200, Healey’s office said in a statement.
The indictment by a statewide grand jury come three years after Haghayegh-Askarian was terminated from MassHealth, the state’s health insurance program for low-income residents.
In 2015, Haghayegh-Askarian agreed to a $300,000 settlement with the attorney general’s office to settle Medicaid fraud claims identified by the state auditor’s office two years before, the statement said.
Haghayegh-Askarian was also terminated from participating in MassHealth.
Still, from 2014 to 2017, Haghayegh-Askarian continued to bill the program, but under the name of another dentist. That dentist reported the fraud to the state auditor’s office, according to the statement.Jackson Cote can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @jackson_k_cote.