No license? No problem for rogue dentist in San Jose

SAN JOSE — He ignored a judge’s order, then the state Dental Board. Now, a former San Jose dentist, whose license has been revoked, is in trouble with Santa Clara County authorities for allegedly practicing anyway — and billing insurance companies for the prohibited work.

Michael Marcus, 67, faces four counts of felony insurance fraud for allegedly defrauding two insurance companies for dental work he performed from late 2011 through early 2014. His case is set Wednesday for a status hearing in San Jose.

Marcus, who was charged in May, is free on $40,000 bail, said Santa Clara County prosecutor Vonda Tracey. The former dentist practiced on McKee Road and now lives in the Southern California city of Calabasas, she said. His lawyer could not be immediately reached for comment.

A judge in November 2011 prohibited Marcus from practicing dentistry, though it is unclear why. In 2013, the state Dental Board conducted a surprise inspection to see if he was still practicing. According to Tracey, he refused to allow the inspection and sent the patient out of his office through the back exit. Later that year, his license was revoked.

He allegedly filed 186 claims worth about $50,000 with Guardian and Delta Dental insurances companies.

Calling the rogue dentist’s conduct “troubling,” Tracey said she also is interested in hearing from patients who spent their own money for treatment during that period.

“I would love to hear from anybody who co-paid or paid out of pocket,” she said.

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