Oklahoma company Ocean Dental agrees to pay $5.05M fraud settlement

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said preventing fraud is a priority to ensure that people who truly need assistance can get it.

Ocean Dental had been accused of submitting false claims to the Oklahoma Medicaid program for dental restorations by former employee Robin Lockwood between January 2005 and September 2010.

Lockwood was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for fraud in a separate case. Lockwood, who was released in April, also must pay more than $375,000 in restitution.

Ocean Dental’s $5.05 million settlement releases the company and owner Chad Hoecker from any civil liability in the case, authorities said, although it is required to adhere to additional record-keeping, reporting and compliance requirements.

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