Cherie Dillon, 62, of Fruitland, ID, pleaded guilty earlier this year to healthcare fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to a statement by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Idaho. Previously a dental hygienist with Dental Healthcare with Heart in Payette, ID, she performed dental services between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2013, that may only be performed by a dentist.
Dillon was paid for the services by healthcare benefits programs, including Medicaid, while fraudulently misrepresenting that the services had been performed and supervised by a dentist. She used the name and provider number of a dentist who was not in the office and was unable to practice at the time, according to the statement.
She was also ordered to pay restitution of $550,000 and forfeit $847,000 of the proceeds from her fraud, although these amounts are preliminary pending a subsequent hearing.
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