Dentist charged with fraud

Published 11:16 am Monday, November 30, 2009

By Staff
from staff reports
A dentist with a practice in Evergreen has been charged with Medicaid fraud and first-degree theft of property, Alabama Attorney General Troy King said.
Dr. Robert Pierre Antoine Louis of Spanish Fort was arrested Nov. 18 at the attorney general’s office in Montgomery by agents of the Alabama Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
Louis, 56, operates dental practices in Evergreen and Fort Deposit.
According to the attorney general’s office, Louis offered free dental screenings for students at seven public schools in Butler, Conecuh and Lowndes counties in October and November 2008. The attorney general’s office has alleged that Louis billed the Alabama Medicaid Agency for dental procedures on 221 students that were not performed at the screenings. The Medicaid Agency paid Louis $14,335 in fraudulent charges, according to the attorney general.
Louis was arrested on warrants charging Medicaid fraud, a class C felony, and first-degree theft of property by deception, a class B felony. He was transported to the Montgomery County Detention Facility under a $30,000 bond. If convicted, he faces penalties of one to 10 years imprisonment for the Class C felony and two to 20 years imprisonment for the class B felony.
The case was investigated by Special Agent Timothy Kornegay of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and is being prosecuted by the Unit’s director, Assistant Attorney General Bruce Lieberman.