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Dentist Charged With Defrauding Insurance Firms

July 16, 1998

A dentist was charged in federal court Wednesday with a fraudulent billing scheme in which insurance companies paid out tens of thousands of dollars for services never performed.

To avoid detection, federal prosecutors said, Julie Valentine used a mail drop to receive letters from the insurance companies to her patients seeking verification of services.

She also was accused of "upcoding"--billing for procedures that were more expensive than those actually performed.

Valentine is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

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