Nebraska dentist sentenced in health care fraud case

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Published: Jun. 18, 2018 at 2:42 PM CDT
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United States Attorney Joseph P. Kelly and Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson announced that Gregory R. Garro, Jr. 59, of Omaha Nebraska, was sentenced Monday by United States District Judge John M. Gerrard for the crime of health care fraud. Garro was sentenced to 10 months incarceration, with a recommendation that 5 months be served in a residential reentry center and 5 months under home confinement, followed by 2 years of supervised release. Garro was also ordered to pay restitution to the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, Medicaid Division totaling $82,544.19, and the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals $4738.13. Garro previously had been indicted on 24 counts of health care fraud and pled guilty to one count on March 13, 2018.

Garro is a dentist who practiced in the Omaha area. He provided dental services at several nursing homes in Omaha and in Iowa. Between February 12, 2013 and January 22, 2016, Garro submitted 129 claims to Nebraska Medicaid for services which had not been provided, and was paid a total of $82,544.19 on those claims. He submitted similar claims for services not rendered in Iowa and was paid $4738.19 by the Iowa Medicaid program.

In 2010, Garro paid $30,000.00 to settle claims that he had submitted fraudulent billings to Nebraska Medicaid as part of a civil action for violating the Nebraska False Medicaid Claims Act.

This case was investigated by the Medicaid Fraud and Patient Abuse Unit of the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office and the Medicaid Program Integrity Unit of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The case was prosecuted by the Nebraska Attorney General’s office and the United States Attorney’s office.