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Winter Park Periodontist Convicted of Fabricating False Insurance Claims


For Immediate Release: February 25, 2017
Contact: Jon Moore, 850.413.2842,
WINTER PARK, Fla. – Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced the recent conviction of Dr. Steven Perelmuter, a Winter Park Periodontist. Dr. Perelmuter was adjudicated guilty for submitting fraudulent claims and billing insurance companies for services that were never rendered. As a result of his actions, Dr. Perelmuter fraudulently obtained nearly $900,000 in reimbursements.
As a result of the successful prosecution by Attorney General Pam Bondi's Office of Statewide Prosecution, Dr. Perelmuter was sentenced to 45 days in jail with 10 years of probation. Dr. Perelmuter was also ordered to pay restitution. At the time of his plea he provided payments of $357,026 and $42,974 and will provide additional payments totaling $345,493 at the rate of $5,000 per month until the balance is paid in full to the affected insurance companies. Dr. Perelmuter was ordered to surrender his license as a periodontist effective February 6, 2018, and is no longer licensed to practice Dentistry within the State of Florida. 
Investigators with DFS’ Division of Investigative & Forensic Services discovered that between 2008 and 2015, Dr. Perelmuter used the personal identifying information of 51 individuals to fabricate claim forms which he then sent to insurance companies for reimbursements of services that Dr. Perelmuter never provided. Of the 51 individuals, 22 had never been patients of Dr. Perelmuter. The remaining victims were patients of Dr. Perelmuter but their insurance companies were billed for additional services which were never provided. In total, Dr. Perelmuter fraudulently attempted to claim an estimated $1,676,413 between two different insurance providers, receiving at least $889,907 from the fraudulent claims.
Dr. Perelmuter was arrested and transported to Brevard County Jail without incident February 8, 2017, and was charged with multiple counts of organized scheme to defraud and criminal use of personal identification.