Sunday, September 9, 2007

that musta been one big mouth


By KENNETH LOVETT Post Correspondent

MOHINDER MAYELL<BR>Suspicious Medicaid claims.
ALBANY - In an incredible feat of serial drilling - and serial billing - a Brooklyn dentist wants Medicaid to believe he filled 52 cavities in one patient's mouth in just one office visit, The Post has learned.

Mohinder Mayell, who says he accomplished the super-human feat in no more than two hours, may have ripped off taxpayers for at least $124,000, investigators say.

"Human beings typically have 32 teeth, [so] when a dentist tries to get paid for filling 52 teeth in one mouth in one day, it should raise some red flags," said state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

Incredibly, Mayell also billed Medicaid for two other patients on the same day, telling auditors that it took him just an hour or two to do the 52 fillings, according to a draft audit by the Comptroller's Office which was obtained by The Post.

A University of Buffalo dental professor, who asked not to be identified, said that technically a person can have 52 fillings, but it's extremely unlikely and they certainly could not be performed in an hour or two.

NY Post-- June 25, 2007

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