Wisconsin dentist who broke patients’ teeth in scheme gets 4 1/2 years

A Grafton dentist who intentionally damaged patients’ teeth to aid a fraud scheme was sentenced Friday four and a half years in prison. 

Scott Charmoli, 62, told patients they needed crowns, then damaged teeth and took x-rays before the crown procedures, so the work would be covered by insurance. But many patients also paid significant portions of the bills out of pocket as well.

“It was never my intent to harm anyone in any way,” Charmoli said in between tears. “I loved my patients.” 

Milwaukee County Judge Lynn Adelman also ordered Charmoli to serve three years of supervised release after his prison term.

He attached more than 1,600 crowns over a 20-month period. An executive with an insurance company testified that, on average, Wisconsin dentists installed fewer than six crowns per 100 patients, but that in 2019, Charmoli’s rate exceeded 32 per 100 patients.


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