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Former Dentist Pleads Guilty To Disability Fraud


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11/17/2008
Brent Adams
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A former dentist from Freehold, New Jersey faces a possibility of a 10-year state prison sentence after admitting to fraudulently obtaining over $530,000 in payments from Social Security disability over a 13-year period.

On June 13, 65-year-old Michael Monica pled guilty in Middlesex County, New Jersey before Superior Court Judge Frederick DeVesa to a criminal charge of second-degree theft by deception. He is to receive sentencing on October 17.

Monica, who is a formerly licensed dentist, admitted to fraudulently obtaining disability insurance claims money from multiple insurance companies and the Social Security Administration from January 2, 1992, until November 29, 2005.

Monica admitted that he falsely informed the insurance companies and the SSA that he was disabled and unable to practice dentistry, despite continuing to operate a dental practice the entire time.

According to Monica, he submitted false statements to Cigna Insurance Co., Lincoln Financial Group, and the Social Security Administration in order to receive $530,074 in fraudulent benefits for disability.

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