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February 27. 2014 8:05PM

Manchester dentist faces more charges over Medicaid fraud

CONCORD — A Merrimack County Superior Court grand jury has indicted a Manchester dentist on 29 additional charges of falsifying physical evidence in connection with alleged Medicaid fraud.

Dr. Nicholas Marshall, who practices at 835 Hanover St., is accused of presenting medical records with altered treatment notes for Medicaid patients in 2006, 2007 and 2008 in response to a New Hampshire Department of Justice grand jury subpoena.

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney General’s Office brought the charges against Marshall, who is a Chester resident.

The latest indictments were returned by the grand jury Feb. 21 and released Thursday.

The new indictments bring to 218 the total of indictments against Marshall. The December Merrimack County grand jury returned 160 indictments for Medicaid fraud and 29 for falsifying physical evidence.

The charges are Class B felonies, which carry a possible sentence of 3½ to 7 years each, or a maximum possible sentence of 203 years. The original set carried a possible maximum of 1,323 years.

Marshall is free on personal recognizance bail on the initial indictments. He is scheduled for arraignment March 19 on the new indictments.

Marshall pleaded innocent to the first set of indictments and will do the same to this set. Marshall’s attorney is James Moir, who has said the charges do not refer to the quality of care provided. Sarah Blodgett, the assistant attorney general with the Medicaid fraud unit, could not be reached Thursday afternoon.

The grand jury also returned 27 felony indictments against a Lansing, Mich., company for unfair or deceptive business practices.

The Mandatory Poster Agency, Inc., doing business as Corporate Records Service, offers to provide a consumer service through its annual minutes form. The company, which has been sued more than once by Michigan and by attorneys general in other states, provides a local address and telephone number on its materials.

The company is accused of mailing “2013 annual minutes forms” to New Hampshire businesses between Feb. 1 and March 31, 2013, that appeared to come from a government office. The solicitation called for the form to be completed and sent, with $125, to Corporate Records Service at 75 S. Main St., Unit 7, making it appear to be a New Hampshire company, although it is a UPS Store mailbox.

According to the indictments, the solicitations went to businesses and organizations throughout the state.

Senior Assistant Attorney General James Boffetti, who heads the consumer protection division, brought the charges in New Hampshire.

The penalty for each civil felony conviction is up to a $100,000 fine.

The company has been successfully prosecuted for the same scam, as well as other similar scams, including Labor Department posters, in a number of states, including Michigan, Wisconsin and Idaho.

The Mandatory Poster Agency consistently is listed as having a physical address in Lansing.

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