Kool Smiles dental clinics to pay $23.9 million, allegedly submitted false claims


A dental chain has settled after allegations relating to “medically unnecessary” services performed on children and one of those dental clinics is right here in Hagerstown.

The dental management company Benevis LLC and more than 130 of its affiliated Kool Smiles clinics will pay nearly $24 million plus interest to resolve allegations that they performed unnecessary dental services performed on children insured by Medicaid, according to the United States Department of Justice.

Shanikka Freeman said she has been coming to the clinic in Hagerstown since it opened. And after a recent traumatic experience with her 9-year-old son, it has left her with unanswered questions. 

“We had an appointment at 8 o’clock today to get the rest of the work done. He cried so hard. I was like forget that I’m not taking him back there. No kid should have to have a traumatic experience or tragic experience,” said Freeman. 

The release also stated the Justice Department alleged that between January 2009 and December 2011, Benevis and Kool Smiles clinics in 17 states knowingly submitted false claims to state Medicaid programs. 

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