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Dentist accused of using paper clips in root canals
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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A former dentist has pleaded guilty to fraud for using paper clips instead of stainless-steel posts in root canals.
Michael Clair will be sentenced next Monday after pleading guilty last week in a Massachusetts court to a variety of charges, including defrauding a government health program of $130,000, assault and battery, illegally prescribing prescription drugs and witness intimidation.
Authorities say that instead of stainless-steel posts for root canals, he used sections of paper clips — which can cause pain and even infection — in an effort to save money.
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said paper clips sometimes can be used temporarily, but the 53-year-old Clair used the paper clips as a permanent fix.
Some of Clair’s patients reported infections, said Grant Woodman, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office.
Clair’s lawyer, John Dingee, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment Tuesday.
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