Two managers of an Indiana family dentistry practice have been charged with one count of healthcare fraud. According to an unsealed indictment from a Grand Jury, 34-year-old Justyn Arch and 31-year-old Trystan Arch, who are from Valparaiso, are facing the charge in the case.
Court documents say the two defendants created a scheme designed to defraud the Indiana Medicaid program. The two created fictitious and false entries in various patient files. The entries showed that dentists at their practice, Arch Complete Family Dentistry, performed patient dental surgery.
That supposed surgery never happened, though. In total, the scheme resulted in false claims in excess of $350,000 being charged to the Indiana Medicaid program.
As of October in 2017, Justyn Arch was managing the practice’s office in Crown Point. He also serves as vice president for the practice. At that time, Trystan Arch served as the manager of the practice’s office in Chesterton.
The practice also briefly had an office in Knox.
The indictment is an allegation of a crime taking place, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. All people are presumed to be innocent unless they are found guilty in a court of law.
If the defendants were found guilty, the judge in the case would impose the sentence. The judge would consider guidelines outlined in the federal sentencing program as well as various federal statutes to make his or her determination.
Philip C. Benson, an assistant U.S. Attorney, is prosecuting this case.
The investigation was a joint effort conducted by local and federal authorities, including the FBI and the IRS.
By Robert Church