“We are still doing interviews,” said Lt. Gary Clayton of the Rome Police Department. “People are still calling.”
Police filed a search warrant in November 2012 and searched Children’s Dentistry of Rome, 204 Redmond Road, after receiving citizen complaints of improper restraints used on children and unnecessary dental work performed on minors.
According to a search warrant filed in Floyd County Superior Court, MCG Management Inc., doing business as Children’s Dentistry of Rome, billed more than $13 million in Medicaid claims since 2008, and some victims and other dentists alleged that dental work provided by the doctors and hygienists was unnecessary.
Agents with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General and Rome Police Department investigators searched the office for billing and medical records pertinent to the criminal investigation.
An affidavit lists more than 300 patients with Medicaid whose records are being thoroughly investigated.
The affidavit, written by detective Joe Costolnick, lists 11 reports of excessive dentistry work performed on 14 children that resulted in serious medical problems and trauma. Reports recounted that children left the office traumatized, scratched and bruised.
Some children were allegedly tied down on papoose boards for unnecessary dental work, and some needed additional medical attention for improperly done dental work received at Children’s Dentistry of Rome.