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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 09, 2004
Renton Dentist Sentenced in Medicaid False Billing Case


SEATTLE -- A Renton dentist today was sentenced to serve six months on home detention and ordered to pay $175,000 in restitution to the state after pleading guilty in December to theft and fraud charges filed after he billed the state Medicaid program for services he did not provide.

The sentence was handed down to Dr. Hoi Lee by King County Superior Court Judge Michael Hayden.

In November, the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit filed one count of first-degree theft and one count of Medicaid false statement against Lee after an audit by the state Department of Social and Health Services' Medical Assistance Administration revealed the false billing.

The audit and followup investigation by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit found that Dr. Lee billed the Medicaid program for approximately $175,000 worth of services that either were not provided, or for which there was inadequate documentation. The improper billings occurred between 1998 and 2002.

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