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Boston Dentist Sentenced After Using Office Supplies As Surgical Tools

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Former Boston dentist was found guilty and sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison after substituting stainless steal posts with paper clips during root canal procedures.

Michael Clair, 53, was sentenced earlier this week after pleading guilty to a list of charges, including assault and battery, defrauding Medicare of $130,000, illegally prescribing medications (to employees) and witness intimidation.

Prosecutors said that Clair even used pieces of paper clips in root canal procedures to save money while fraudulently billing Medicare for the legitimate stainless steel posts.

CBS News reports that prosecutors had asked for a sentence of five to seven years, but Judge Richard Moses gave Clair two-and-a-half years, with all but one year suspended, plus five years of probation. The judge said he considered Clair’s lack of a criminal record, “certain mental health issues” and acceptance of responsibility in handing down the sentence.

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