Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
January 4, 2018
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
Fort Lauderdale Dentist Arrested for Violation of Probation
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Fort Lauderdale dentist for violation of probation. Dr. Marino Vigna is currently serving probation following an MFCU investigation and arrest in 2016 for allegedly billing Medicaid for services not rendered. Dr. Vigna pleaded Nolo Contendere to a charge of grand theft, a third-degree felony.
As part of the plea, Dr. Vigna agreed to not treat Florida Medicaid patients in any manner while terminated from the Medicaid Program as a provider. The agreement further stated Dr. Marino Vigna may not treat Medicaid recipients unless he is lawfully reinstated as a Medicaid Provider for Florida.
During an integrity check on patients treated at Sunrise Dental Clinic by Dr. Beth Reinstein, Dr. Marino Vigna’s wife and a Medicaid provider, MFCU discovered nine Florida Medicaid recipients billed for services by Dr. Reinstein. According to the investigation, all recipients gave statements that a male doctor treated them. Six positively identify Dr. Vigna as the doctor who performed the dental services.
Dr. Vigna is in the custody of the Broward County Jail currently awaiting this violation of probation hearing. For more information on Dr. Vigna’s previous arrest, click here.
The Florida Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates and prosecutes providers that intentionally defraud the state’s Medicaid program through fraudulent billing practices. Medicaid fraud essentially steals from Florida’s taxpayers. From Jan. 2011 to the present, Attorney General Bondi’s MFCU has obtained more than $750 million in settlements and judgments. Additionally, the MFCU investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program. In 2017, the MFCU was awarded the Inspector General’s Award for Excellence in Fighting Fraud, Waste and Abuse. This award is presented annually to the nation’s top MFCU by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.