Dentist facing fraud charges for alleged identity theft
The detrimental effect of just being charged with any form of criminal allegation is something few people ever anticipate. The fallout from allegations, however, whether they involve minor crimes, violent crimes or white collar crimes such as embezzlement, fraud or identity theft, can be real. To best address them, the wisest action anyone can take is contacting an experienced criminal defense attorney for help.
As everyone likely knows, each person charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Each person facing accusations deserves to have their rights protected to the greatest extent possible and this can be achieved best by tapping the resources of a legal professional with experience in criminal law.
What brings this to the fore at this particular time is the story of a man in New Providence who has been arrested and is reportedly being held on $75,000 bail. Authorities allege that this man is a formerly licensed dentist who took on the name and license of another dentist who died of natural causes in October of last year. The defendant in the case is now charged with the white collar crimes of unlicensed practice of dentistry, identity theft, and healthcare claims fraud.
Authorities claim that the man used the dead dentist's identity and licensure to exercise his dental training at clinics in four northern New Jersey towns. Officials say they are still investigating to determine what connection, if any, existed between the dead dentist, the dentist who is alleged to have taken on his identity and the owners of the clinics. There are no reports that patients were hurt.
To this point, the only side of the story that has been told is the one from the government's perspective. In our society, the way public records are handled is such that it can give the government an upper hand in pursuing their prosecutions of crime. Considering that, it is crucial to seek legal help when facing criminal charges to ensure one's rights are fully protected.
Source: Summit Patch, "New Providence Dentist Accused of Using Deceased Dentist's Identity," Oct. 4, 2012
- The issues addressed in this post are of the kind handled by our firm. To learn more about our practice in this area, please visit our Bergen County fraud charge page.