Canadian Woman Charged in $100,000 Dental Insurance Fraud Case

A woman has been prosecuted by city police in connection with nearly $100,000 in fake dental insurance claims.


Following its own inquiry, the insurance company reported to police in June that it had discovered many anomalies in claims for fillings and root canal treatments made by the same dentist at All About Family Dental, situated at 7520 Elbow Drive S.W.


Police then launched a criminal investigation.


Police were able to gather enough information to establish a criminal complaint based on anomalies and fake billings affecting a total of 53 patients between June 2015 and June 2021, totaling $97,540 in fraudulent claims.


According to a police press release, the patients were not aware of the bogus accusations until after the inquiry was completed.


The suspect surrendered to a Calgary Police Service district office on Monday and was apprehended.


Alena Vladimiro Smadych, 53, is accused of one count of fraud over $5,000.


According to the dental office’s website, Smadych has been a practicing dentist for 25 years, beginning in her native Russia. She’d been in business in Calgary since 2013.


Dr. Randall Croutze, the CEO and registrar of the College of Dental Surgeons of Alberta, said in a statement to Postmedia complaints about dentists are “taken very seriously and are investigated as authorized under the Health Professions Act.”


“When the concerns regarding fraudulent billing by a dentist were brought to our attention by the Calgary Police Service, the matter had already been directed to a CDSA regulatory investigation,” Croutze said in the statement.


Croutze stated in the statement that after the CDSA’s complaints director has launched an inquiry under the Health Professions Act, information is gathered to determine whether the matter will be dismissed or submitted to a hearing.


He stated that if the case is referred to a hearing, a hearing tribunal panel made up of two dentists and two public members will hear evidence and eventually decide whether or not a dentist is “guilty or not guilty of unprofessional conduct.”


“However, in this matter, it was determined that conditions needed to be placed upon this dentist’s practice permit to protect the public during the investigative process, and prior to any potential hearing,” The statement said.


Smadych is set to appear in court on Nov. 24.


Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call police at 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

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