Seven people, including five dentists, have been charged in a 31-count indictment alleging they defrauded Medicaid of over $5.5 million.

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The attorney general's office announced the charges Thursday. Two office managers also were indicted.

The defendants were connected to New Jersey Mobile Dental Practice and face charges including insurance fraud, theft by deception and misconduct.

The indictment alleges that the Colts Neck company overbilled Medicaid and billed for services that weren't provided when it went to nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult day care facilities between 2003 and 2009.

Two defendants are accused of submitting more than 3,700 fraudulent claims.

Six other dentists have already pleaded guilty stemming from the same investigation.

The charges are punishable by prison terms up to 10 years and fines up to $150,000.

 

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