Man sentenced to 5 years for ‘dentistry fraud’

A man who allegedly used a fraudulent dentistry practice in the New York City area has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Christopher J. Murray was found guilty on four counts of defrauding the dentists of more than $50,000, The New York Times reported.

Murray is accused of lying about the quality of his dental practice, and of falsifying records, The Times said.

The investigation began in February 2015 when the dental board of the state of New York found Murray engaged in dentistry fraud.

Murray said the practice was legitimate, according to The Times.

Murray had claimed to be the first dentist in the city to treat a child with cystic fibrosis, but he later admitted he didn’t have a license to practice dentistry.

The New York State Dental Board said in a statement Murray was a licensed dental technician, but the board later said Murray was not licensed to practice dental dentistry and had not submitted required paperwork.

The Board said Murray “did not follow the appropriate protocol for the work he was doing and did not have proper documentation,” according to the Times.

A grand jury indicted Murray on four charges.

He pleaded guilty in August and was sentenced on Tuesday.