NJ Dentist Charged With Giving Fake Dental Records

Paresh Patel is accused of providing police with fake dental records of the children of the five children who died in the South Plainfield fire

Thursday, Mar 8, 2012  |  Updated 9:16 PM EDT
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NJ Dentist Charged With Giving Fake Dental Records

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Tyler Davis, 7 (inset), was one of five killed in a fast-moving fire in South Plainfield, N.J. early Thursday.

A dentist who had treated three New Jersey children killed in a house fire last month has been charged with fraud after police say he gave them fake dental records.

Five family members perished in the Feb. 23 blaze in South Plainfield and four other family members were injured.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan says Paresh Patel, owner of Healthy Smiles Dental Associates in Metuchen, was charged with fraud after he provided records that showed certain dental work had never been performed on the children even though he had billed Medicaid for the work.

Patel's attorney, Lawrence Y. Bitterman, says he Patel has been practicing for 20 years and plans to enter a not guilty plea during his court appearance this week.

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