Updated: Sunday, 17 Mar 2013, 10:23 AM EDT
Published : Sunday, 17 Mar 2013, 10:23 AM EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina regulators are suing an Ohio company they accuse of illegally operating 27 dental offices and boosting profits by pushing unneeded treatments.
The State Board of Dental Examiners said in its lawsuit that 14 dentists turned on the company behind the Dental Works chain and provided authorities with secret side contracts that show they are entirely or majority owned by the company. North Carolina law allows only dentists to own, manage or control a dental practice.
The state dental board says DentalCare Partners Inc. and its related companies kept two sets of financial books to hide its ownership in practices in Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Fayetteville, Raleigh, Wilmington and their suburbs.
The company has not responded in court. Lawyer Mark Solls said the facts will show the practices operated legally.
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