Owner of Denver dentist office for kids accused of defrauding Medicaid for $400,000

The owner of a Denver dentist office is facing felony charges after the Colorado Attorney General’s Office said investigators found evidence he was billing the state’s Medicaid program for care patients never received.

John Trahan is the owner of Americas Children Dental Clinic at 1470 Jersey St. in Denver, according to Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser’s office. He is accused of defrauding the Colorado Medicaid Program of more than $400,000 between 2013-16.

During that time, Weiser’s office alleges that Trahan, who is not a licensed dentist, routinely billed Medicaid for work and services never provided to patients at his office. The bills showed that work was performed by dentists that the clinic previously employed but had left by the time the paperwork was filed, state officials said in a news release issued Tuesday.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office arrested Trahan on Monday. He was charged with one count of theft and two counts of computer crime, all felonies, according to the state. He has posted bail and is due to appear in Denver District Court on April 15.

An office phone number listed online for America’s Children Dental Clinic was busy when called repeatedly Tuesday morning. An online review of the office posted to Google a year ago alleges misconduct similar to what the Attorney General’s Office says investigators found.

“Frauds. Submitted multiple procedures saying my children had,” the review reads in part. “And not once have they had any type of invasive surgeries from this dental office.”

State officials urge anyone who suspects a business or individual has committed Medicaid fraud to call the Attorney General’s Office at 720-508-6696 or send an email to mfcu.investigations@coag.gov. The office has a Medicaid fraud control unit dedicated to investing and prosecuting cases.

“Nearly 1.4 million people in Colorado are covered by Medicaid, which has greatly improved the overall health of our state,” Weiser said in Tuesday’s news release. “One of my priorities as attorney general is to fight for and protect health care, including for those covered under the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion.”

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