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Dentist admits doing paper-clip root canals

Used office supplies instead of stainless steel posts in effort to save money

(AP) NEW BEDFORD, Mass. —

A former dentist has pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud for using sections of paper clips instead of stainless steel posts in root canals in an effort to save money.

Michael Clair, who had a practice in Fall River, is scheduled to be sentenced next week. He pleaded guilty Friday to defrauding Medicaid of $130,000, assault and battery, illegally prescribing prescription drugs and witness intimidation charges.

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