Former San Jose Dentist to Appear in Court Wednesday on Fraud Charges
(BayAreaNewsTalk.com) – A former San Jose dentist is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday because he’s accused of billing two insurance companies fraudulently when his license was suspended, according to the Dental Board of
California and Santa Clara County prosecutors.
Dr. Michael Marcus is scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. at the Hall of Justice in San Jose and faces up to six years of incarceration if he is convicted.
Marcus is accused of four counts of felony insurance fraud for defrauding two insurance companies out of about $50,000.
Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Vonda Tracey said that prosecutors will also seek to have Marcus pay the $50,000 back to the insurance companies.
Prosecutors allege that Marcus, 67, who also has a residence in Calabasas, continued to work with patients after having his license suspended.
A judge suspended Marcus’ in November 2011, Dental Board records show.
In 2013, while Marcus’s license was suspended, investigators with the Dental Board made a surprise visit to his office and allegedly found him treating a patient in a dental chair.
Marcus allegedly refused to allow investigators to inspect his office and he sent the patient out a back door.
According to Dental Board records, Marcus’ license was revoked in 2014, the second time his license has been revoked.
Last year, officials with the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America contacted Dental Board officials and alleged that Marcus had been billing them for dental work he did between early 2012 and early 2014.
Marcus’ license was suspended during that time, according to Dental Board records.
Prosecutors also allege that an investigation by them last year showed that Marcus was billing Delta Dental and Guardian for work he did between late 2011 and early 2014.
Tracey said there is no evidence Marcus ever botched any dental work.
Tracey said residents can find out whether a dentist has a license and whether any disciplinary has been taken against a dentist by going to the Dental Board of California’s website at http://www.dbc.ca.gov.