FLORIDA —A Florida dentist and her husband are accused of a $1.5 million Medicaid fraud scheme that Attorney General Ashley Moody says deceived thousands of patients.
According to Moody, Marianna Zadov, DDS, and Shimon Leizgold, also known as Simon Leizgold, own and operate at least seven dental offices located throughout Florida’s southeast and southwest coasts. Investigators with Moody’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) said they discovered that, for a period of years, Zadov and Leizgold systematically engaged in a scheme to defraud and steal from Florida Medicaid and thousands of recipients.
“This couple deceived more than 5,000 patients by overcharging them with fraudulent fees for dental services, including extractions, fillings, and more,” said Moody.
“Thanks to my MFCU investigators and our law enforcement partners, their fraudulent scheme causing more than $1.5 million worth of fraud is capped.”
According to the investigation, Zadov and Leizgold allegedly orchestrated a complex scheme charging patients for services covered by Medicaid and then stole from the program itself. The defendants are said to have collected fees from Medicaid recipients for covered services, collected fees over and above authorized copayment amounts, and collected payments from Medicaid for services never rendered.
The investigation reportedly identified more than $1.5 million worth of fraud, encompassing more than 5,000 Medicaid recipients.
Moody’s announcement said the dental offices Zadov and Leizgold operated include the following:
- Happy Smiles in Port St. Lucie and Fort Myers
- Elite Dental in Jupiter
- Polo Dental in Boca Raton, Naples, and West Palm Beach
- Royal Dental in Boynton Beach
According to Moody, defendants are charged with one count each of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, a first-degree felony; conspiracy to commit RICO, a first-degree felony; grand theft, a second-degree felony; Medicaid fraud, a second-degree felony; and Medicaid fraud as a third-degree felony.
Moody’s MFCU for the southern region will prosecute the case through the Office of Statewide Prosecution. Asset forfeitures will be handled by Attorney General Moody’s Asset Forfeiture Unit.