Two Dentists Charged For Cheating And Related Offences In Relation To Community Health Assist Scheme And Medisave Claims

Two men, dentists of Phoenix Dental Surgery, were charged on 18 October 2019 for cheating and falsification of accounts under the Penal Code, Chapter 224.

The two men, aged 36 and 34, are accused of cheating polyclinics into disbursing subsidies under the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) by submitting CHAS claims for dental procedures which they did not perform. The 34-year-old man is also accused of cheating the Central Provident Fund Board into disbursing monies from patients' Medisave accounts by submitting Medisave claims for day surgeries which he did not perform. They are also being charged for falsifying patients' medical case notes to support these false claims. The alleged offences took place between 2014 and 2015, with claims involving 23 patients amounting to more than $54,000.

If convicted, the two men face the following punishments:

a. The offence of cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code carries imprisonment for a term which may extend to 10 years and a possible fine; and

b. The offence of falsification of accounts under Section 477A of the Penal Code carries imprisonment for a term which may extend to 10 years, or with fine, or both.

Source: Singapore Police Force