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Erie Oral Surgeon Charged with Healthcare Fraud

A resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie on charges of health care fraud and false statements relating to health care matters on Tuesday.

The twenty-one-count indictment named John Frederick Lehrian, 59, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, from January 2008 to June 2014, Lehrian falsely billed numerous tooth extractions as surgical extractions, causing fraudulent bills totaling in excess of approximately $90,734 to be submitted to various health insurance companies.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 110 years in prison, a fine of $5,250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in the case.