A Pasco County dentist arrested on charges of defrauding Florida's Medicaid program is also accused of pulling the healthy teeth of patients so she could sell them dentures.
Dr. Miranda Smith, who is the owner of Smiles and Giggles Dentistry for Children and Adults, is charged with Medicaid Provider fraud.
Investigators say she billed Florida's Medicaid program more than $140,000 in dental services which were either unauthorized or not provided.
The Florida Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit began investigating Smith and her dental practice after receiving complaints about suspicious billing from parents and patients.
According to investigators, Smith billed Medicaid for x-rays, anesthesia, and other dental procedures that were not performed.
Former patients also claim that Smith's employees provided dental care, even though these employees were not licensed dentists.
According to investigators, at least one minor patient's parent was told her child had eight cavities and would need to be sedated to perform urgent dental work. The parent received a second opinion from a dentist with more than two decades of experience. The dentist performed her own examination and found that the child had no cavities.
Investigators also claim that Dr. Smith and staff exhibited a pattern of pulling healthy teeth in an effort to sell patients dentures and make larger Medicaid claims.
Smith was charged with two counts of Medicaid Fraud. If convicted, she could face up to 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
The Florida Department of Health's Board of Dentistry voted on May 16, 2014, to suspend the license of Miranda W. Smith, D.D.S., in case number 2011-12390.