ALEXANDRIA, VA—Peter Sae Lee, 41, of Leesburg, Virginia, pled guilty today to fraudulently billing dental insurance providers for services that he never rendered for hundreds of patients.
Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge Liam O’Grady.
Lee pled guilty to health care fraud, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for September 7, 2012.
According court records, Lee practiced dentistry at Leesburg Dental Care in Leesburg, Virginia. From January 2003 through January 2008, he consistently billed dental insurance providers for dental x-rays, fillings, crowns, and other services for hundreds of patients that were never provided. Insurers lost more than $76,000 because of these fraudulent claims, along with an additional $26,000 for reimbursements Lee received for services by his wife, also a dentist, that were fraudulently billed to insurers but were not actually performed.
This investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Washington Field Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney James P. Gillis is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae.