Here's another one for the file on Western Dental Services Inc.
In a suit filed last month in Orange County Superior Court, an orthodontist has accused the controversial Garden Grove-based operator of dental offices of wrongfully firing him for refusing to participate in insurance fraud.
Guy W. Mendivil, hired in February 1995 as an orthodontist in the company's Oceanside office, was promoted the following August to a management post, according to his suit. Other named defendants include: Western Dental's owner, Robert Beauchamp; and Thomas Maddox and Lucy Juarez, both managers.
Mendivil claims the defendants misrepresented the amount of services billed to an insurer. He seeks lost income and benefits, punitive damages and other relief.