Gulfport Doctor Charged With Medicaid Fraud

Eight people, including a Gulf Coast dentist, have been indicted and arrested on Medicaid fraud charges.

"These are trained, licensed professionals who are stealing,'' Attorney General Mike Moore said in announcing the arrests Friday.

Moore said Dr. Frederic Dunn of Gulfport is accused of filing false claims of $102,848 over five years for bone grafts that were never performed. An investigation showed Dunn injected patients with synthetic bone and then charged for grafting real bone, Moore said. Medicaid pays for bone grafts but not for use of the synthetic bone, the attorney general said.

All the felony indictments were handed down by a Hinds County grand jury, and all eight of the people indicted were arrested this week. Moore said they have been released on bond. The others were:

  • Hugh Carl Franklin of Oxford and Roscoe Z. Word Jr. of Ridgeland, who are accused of inflating cost reports for a nursing home in Clarksdale.
  • Josiephine R. Hawkins of Jackson, a provider of non-emergency transportation for Medicaid patients. She is charged with billing Medicaid for trips she never took.
  • Harvey Beasley, Klaus Raphel Tate and Anetha Brown, all of Jackson. They are accused of submitting false claims for eyeglasses.
  • Sandra F. James of Jackson, a registered nurse. She is accused of billing for patient visits that she never made.

Moore said no trial dates have been set.