Iowa dental chain settles federal whistleblower lawsuit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa dental office chain has settled a whistleblower lawsuit alleging Medicaid fraud.

The Des Moines Register reports ( ) that Lifepoint Dental Partners, which has five clinics in Iowa, agreed to pay $300,000 to settle the lawsuit filed in April by federal prosecutors and the company’s former chief financial officer, Todd Willson, and a former financial coordinator, Peggy Lemley. Willson and Lemley will receive $45,000.

Willson says he was fired after reporting unnecessary procedures or those that hadn’t been performed being billed to Medicaid. Lemley said she, too, was fired after reporting fraudulent claims.

Lifepoint’s attorney, Sarah Franklin, issued a written statement Wednesday saying the federal investigation involved the actions of other employees who were fired last year. Lifepoint did not admit wrongdoing as part of the settlement.


Information from: The Des Moines Register,