Seymour dentist facing forgery and Medicaid fraud charges

A former Seymour dentist faces felony charges related to an investigation into the false billing of the state’s Medicaid program for dental treatments he allegedly did not perform on patients, a Marion County official reports.

Dr. James Judd, 69, has been charged with 11 counts of forgery, a Class C felony; Medicaid fraud, a Class D felony; and theft, a Class D felony, according to a news release from Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry.

An arrest warrant was served Aug. 19. Judd’s initial hearing was Aug. 22, and his bond was set at $9,995, which he posted that day.

A status of counsel hearing is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 16, and a pretrial conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 11.

Judd could not be reached for comment Thursday.

A probable cause affidavit filed in support of the charges alleges Judd, from 2011 to 2013, submitted falsified 15 Medicaid forms to the Indiana Medicaid Program and obtained $8,115.29 in payment for those claims.

Several of the falsified forms reported procedures completed on patients for procedures that were never completed. According to 11 patients interviewed during the investigation, several dental resin restorations were never performed but indicated as completed on Medicaid billing forms.

Judd became a Medicaid provider in 1994.

The Indiana Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates fraudulent claims submitted for reimbursement to the Medicaid program and investigates abuse or neglect of patients in institutional settings.

An investigator with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office on bringing charges against Judd, who became a licensed dentist in June 1972. His license expired March 1, 2014.

The Family and Social Services Administration is based in Indianapolis, therefore the jurisdiction falls in Marion County.