Dentist Accused of Insurance Fraud
The 51-year-old Indian Shores dentist has a practice in Seminole, where she allegedly sold sedatives to patients obtained by writing prescriptions for employees who never used them.
A 51-year-old Indian Shores dentist with a practice in Seminole faces multiple charges of insurance fraud, after she allegedly obtained sedatives by fraud that were administered and sold to patients.
Nadia O'Neal, 51, of Gulf Boulevard was arrested by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office for her activities at Nu Smile Dental, 13611 Park Blvd. Charges include three counts of obtaining the sedative Triazolam by fraud.
Investigators determined that the incidents occurred on July 26, Aug. 9 and Sept. 16, 2011, when prescriptions were filled for the drug.
Detectives originally received an anonymous complaint stating that O'Neal
was obtaining narcotics illegally and committing insurance fraud at her Nu
Smile Dental business
Detective allege that O'Neal would advise her staff that they were out of Triazolam medication used to sedate patients. She would instruct
the staff to call in a prescription with her orders for Triazolam under the
employees' names from the clinic, detectives said.
The employees' health insurance was used during the purchase of the prescriptions at a reduction in cost and the employees never received the medications. The Triazolam medication was administered to patients at the dental office and the patients were charged for the sedation treatment.
Triazolam is a schedule C IV benzodiazepine narcotic used by dentists as an
oral sedation on anxious dental patients.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Pinellas
County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division at 727-582-2828.