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Dentist pleads guilty to health care fraud

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BRIDGEPORT, CT (AP) -

A Rhode Island dentist has pleaded guilty to federal health care and tax fraud charges.

Fifty-nine-year-old Gary Anusavice of North Kingstown, R.I., was accused of setting up several dental practices in Connecticut, despite having been kicked out of Medicaid and other government health care programs after a 1997 conviction in Massachusetts for submitting false health care claims.

Anusavice had lost his right to practice dentistry in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Federal prosecutors say Anusavice tried to hide his involvement by using another dentist to act as the nominal head of the clinics in West Haven, Trumbull and Stamford. They say he failed to report more than $3.3 million earned at those clinics.

He pleaded guilty Tuesday and faces more than 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in August.

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