Florida Dentist Arrested for Running a $1.5 Million Medicaid Fraud Scheme

Florida Dentist Arrested for Running a $1.5 Million Medicaid Fraud Scheme

Chris Nelson
Chris Nelson
November 4, 2023

There are two people who are probably not smiling today. Attorney General Ashley Moody announced the arrest of a Florida dentist and her husband, a co-owner of a dental practice.

Marianna Zadov, DDS, and Shimon Leizgold, also known as Simon Leizgold, own and operate at least seven dental offices located throughout Florida’s southeast and southwest coasts. According to Moody, investigators with her office's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit discovered that, for a period of years, Zadov and Leizgold systematically engaged in a scheme to defraud and steal from Florida Medicaid and thousands of recipients.

“This couple deceived more than 5,000 patients by overcharging them with fraudulent fees for dental services, including extractions, fillings and more," said Moody. "Thanks to my MFCU investigators and our law enforcement partners, their fraudulent scheme causing more $1.5 million worth of fraud is capped.”

According to the investigation, Zadov and Leizgold orchestrated a complex scheme charging patients for services covered by Medicaid and then stole from the program itself. According to Moody's office, the defendants collected fees from Medicaid recipients for covered services, collected fees over and above authorized copayment amounts and collected payment from Medicaid for services never rendered. Moody says the investigation identified more than $1.5 million worth of fraud encompassing more than 5,000 Medicaid recipients.

The offices Zadov and Leizgold operated include the following:

  • Happy Smiles in Port St. Lucie and Fort Myers;
  • Elite Dental in Jupiter;
  • Polo Dental in Boca Raton, Naples and West Palm Beach;
  • Royal Dental in Boynton Beach.

The defendants are charged with one count each of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, a first-degree felony; conspiracy to commit RICO, a first-degree felony; grand theft, a second-degree felony; Medicaid fraud, a second-degree felony; and Medicaid fraud as a third-degree felony.

Attorney General Moody’s MFCU for the southern region will prosecute the case through the Office of Statewide Prosecution. Asset forfeitures will be handled by Attorney General Moody’s Asset Forfeiture Unit.

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Chris Nelson

Chris Nelson

Chris Nelson is a videographer and investigative reporter based in Fort Lauderdale. Chris covers breaking news, and local and state politics, and focuses on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. His work has been cited on Fox News and Epoch Times.

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