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April 24, 2009  

Division of Criminal Justice
609-292-4791

Office of The Attorney General
- Anne Milgram, Attorney General
Division of Criminal Justice
- Deborah L. Gramiccioni, Director
Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor
- Greta Gooden Brown, Insurance Fraud Prosecutor

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Bergen County Dentist Sentenced for Insurance Fraud
Defendant Allowed Unlicensed Person to Perform Dental Work on Patients

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TRENTON - Attorney General Anne Milgram and Criminal Justice Director Deborah L. Gramiccioni announced that a Bergen County dentist was sentenced today for submitting fraudulent insurance claims and allowing an unlicensed person to perform dental work on patients.

According to Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Greta Gooden Brown, Louisa Correa-Hunter, 43, of Paramus, a dentist licensed in New Jersey, was ordered by Superior Court Judge Donald R. Venezia in Bergen County to serve one year probation and to pay a $350 criminal fine. Prior to pleading guilty to an accusation charging her with theft by deception, Correa-Hunter paid $200,000 in restitution to Delta Dental and a $65,000 civil fine. The matter will also be referred to the state Board of Dentistry.

At the Feb. 24 plea hearing, Correa-Hunter, the owner and operator of Sunrise Dental on Forest Avenue in Paramus, admitted that between Jan. 1, 2005, and Dec. 31, 2007, she allowed an employee, Adriana Manzano, to perform teeth cleanings on patients even though Manzano was not licensed to perform them as required by law. Correa-Hunter also admitted that she billed Delta Dental for those services, which were not reimbursable because they were not performed by a licensed person.

Manzano, 42, of Lodi, pleaded guilty on Jan. 27 to third-degree theft by deception and was subsequently admitted into the pre-trial intervention program.

Detective Christine Barclay, Civil Investigator Robert Sorge, and Deputy Attorney General Cheryl A. Maccaroni were assigned to the investigation. Deputy Attorney General Maccaroni represented the Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor at the sentencing. Prosecutor Brown thanked Delta Dental for its assistance in this matter.

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