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Dentist Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A Rhode Island dentist has pleaded guilty in Connecticut to federal health care and tax fraud charges.

Gary Anusavice, 59, of North Kingstown, set up a dental practice in Connecticut despite having been kicked out of Medicaid and other government health care programs after a 1997 conviction in Massachusetts for submitting false health care claims, prosecutors said.

Anusavice had lost his right to practice dentistry in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Federal prosecutors say Anusavice tried to hide his involvement as the owner and operator of the Connecticut Dental Group by using another dentist to act as the nominal head of the clinics in West Haven, Trumbull and Stamford.

He then failed to report more than $3.3 million earned at those clinics, prosecutors said.

Anusavice pleaded guilty Monday to two federal counts and faces more than 10 years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 23.

As part of his plea deal, Anusavice agreed to forfeit his property in Rhode Island; a 2008 Mercedes Benz, which he purchased for $63,000 in 2010; a 33-foot yacht he bought for $38,000 in 2010; and $91,700 in cash found by the FBI in his Rhode Island home at the time of his arrest in May 2012.

Anusavice’s 8,500-square-foot house was destroyed last November in what Rhode Island fire officials later determined was arson. No arrests have been made in that case.

Anusavice also has agreed to pay almost $1.9 million in back taxes.

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