A Leesburg dentist, Peter Sae Lee, 41, has entered a plea of guilty to fraudulently billing dental insurance providers for services that he never rendered for hundreds of patients. Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBIâ€™s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge Liam Oâ€™Grady.
Lee pled guilty to health care fraud, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for September 7, 2012.
According to court records, Lee practiced dentistry at Leesburg Dental Care in Leesburg. From January 2003 through January 2008, he consistently billed dental insurance providers for dental x-rays, fillings, crowns, and other services for hundreds of patients that were never provided. Insurers lost more than $76,000 because of these fraudulent claims, along with an additional $26,000 for reimbursements Lee received for services by his wife, Dr. Sue Moon, also a dentist, that were fraudulently billed to insurers but were not actually performed.
Dr. Lee is a native of Northern Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia and School of Dentistry at Medical College of Virginia, VCU. He is a member of the International Congress of Implantology. He was nominated among America’s Top Dentists and enjoys golfing and running marathons, according to his practice’s Web site.
This investigation was conducted by the FBIâ€™s Washington Field Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney James P. Gillis is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.