A Mt. Vernon dentist and his wife have had a lawsuit filed against them for allegedly making false and fraudulent claims to Missouri's Medicaid program.
Attorney General Chris Koster filed the lawsuit earlier this week against Dr. Thomas H. Alms, Jr., DDS, and his wife, Laura A. Alms, allegeding the couple filed claims and billed Missouri Medicaid for dental procedures that Alms was not authorized by the Missouri Dental Board to perform. The couple also allegedly billed Medicaid for services that were not provided. Koster said the lawsuit alleges that Medicaid has reimbursed Alms for services totaling more than $600,000 over a five-year period.
"The Alms employed multiple schemes to defraud Missouri taxpayers by over-billing for Medicaid services or by billing for services never delivered at all," Koster said. "This kind of unlawful conduct takes medical resources that would otherwise be directed to truly needy Missourians.
"Thanks to the outstanding work of our Medicaid Fraud Unit, we have filed this lawsuit and will ask the court to order the Alms to pay restitution, as well as civil penalties and punitive damages," Koster added.
Koster said the lawsuit was filed in Cole County Circuit Court.