A former Massachusetts dentist who used paper clips during oral surgery instead of medical stainless steel was sentenced Monday to a year in prison.
Michael Clair, 53, was also ordered to pay restitution to the state of Massachusetts and two former patients, and will be on probation for five years, the Herald News reported.
He pleaded guilty last week to two counts of assault and battery, three counts of larceny, five counts of Medicaid fraud, three counts of illegally prescribing controlled substances and single counts of tampering with evidence and witness intimidation.
Clair fraudulently billed Medicaid for $130,000 worth of work between 2003 and 2005 using other dentists from his practice, after he was banned from working on Medicaid patients.
He was sentenced to two and a half years in prison, with all but one year suspended. Clair, who currently lives in Maryland, is also forbidden from practicing dentistry in Massachusetts.
Brenda Almeida, whose son was one of Clair's victims, called the sentence "unfair."
"With what my son went through, the pain and suffering, he should have gotten more time," she told the Herald News.