Insurance fraud lands dental office manager in prison

A longtime Arizona dental office manager who submitted false insurance claims was sentenced to prison and ordered to pay $93,000 in restitution and fines, the state attorney general announced.

Kathy Salazar, 51, was sentenced to one year in prison for insurance fraud and seven years probation for theft, according to a statement by Attorney General Terry Goddard.

She was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and $88,408 in restitution to Howard Lee, D.D.S., of St. Johns, AZ, where she had worked for 28 years as a dental assistant and office manager.

Salazar pleaded guilty to submitting false insurance claims for dental procedures that were never performed, then pocketing the insurance checks.

Salazar's scheme was uncovered during a routine audit performed by Delta Dental that showed irregularities in submitted claims.

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