SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A Sacramento dentist exposed in a Call Kurtis investigation two years ago has been indicted on federal charges.
We first exposed Dr. Davis Lewis in 2012, and now a federal grand jury found he targeted people with really good dental insurance, then worked on healthy teeth, all to make money.
Joan Mitchell-Love and her husband Ralph told us in 2012 that Lewis changed their smiles forever. Each is now missing teeth.
They say they always suspected they didn’t need all the expensive work Lewis performed.
“They were all things to get you back in his office to get more money,” she said.
The dental board moved in two years ago, shutting down his Marconi Avenue practice after finding he billed for work he never performed, sometimes for teeth patients didn’t even have.
According to a memo, Lewis performed unnecessary and excessive treatment on patients’ healthy and natural teeth.
Dental board investigators told us in 2012 that he found a cash cow in UPS workers, who he paid for referrals.
“It’s our understanding that their insurance program for dental had no copay, 100 percent coverage, no cap,” said Kim Trefry.
Now a federal grand jury has come back with an 18-count indictment against Lewis for fraud, saying those fraudulent billings added up to more than $1 million.
“This is one of the most egregious things I have ever seen,” Trefry said.
After their experience, Joan and Ralph say they no longer trust dentists.
“If I can share my story and prevent someone else from suffering, then I’m happy to do so,” she said.
The 60-year-old Lewis is no longer practicing and faces 20 years if he’s convicted.