A visit to the dentist can hurt, but when the law caught up with a dentist from Columbia recently, it was the dentist who felt the pain.
Dr. C. Lynwood Bramlett, who practices in Bishopville, has pleaded guilty in Richland County criminal court to filing some $800,000 in false Medicaid bills for low-income children’s dental procedures he never performed.
Circuit Judge Casey Manning ruled Bramlett will have to repay the $800,000 in taxpayer money, as well as pay a $50,000 fine and serve a year’s probation — instead of serve a five-year prison sentence the judge had handed down but suspended.
According to the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the state’s Medicaid program, and the State Attorney General’s office, which prosecuted the case, Bramlett submitted Medicaid claims for thousands of “three-surface fillings” on poor children from 2008-10.
“He kept his patient records on 3” x 5” index cards in a shoebox, but used a computer to file his Medicaid claims,” said Jeff Stensland, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services.