- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A former Connecticut dentist and his practice have been ordered to pay more than $700,000 in restitution and civil penalties for improperly billing the state Medicaid program for pediatric dental cleanings and fluoride treatments.

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen says a Superior Court judge ruled that Dr. Douglas Macko and his practice violated the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act. Jepsen announced the judge’s ruling Wednesday.

Jepsen says the court determined that Macko unlawfully allowed the cleanings and treatments to be performed by unlicensed assistants and at times demanded that his patients or their parents perform the services themselves.

Macko entered an agreement with the state Department of Social Services in 2010 to suspend his participation in the Medicaid program for 10 years. Macko is no longer practicing in Connecticut.

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