Former oral surgeon accused of exposing patients to HIV sentenced for money laundering

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. – A former oral surgeon who is accused of exposing thousands of Oklahoma patients to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C was sentenced for another crime.

In 2013, the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry launched an investigation into Dr. Scott Harrington’s practice after one of his patients tested positive for hepatitis C.

More than 7,000 patients were notified and tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV due to unsanitary conditions and improper sterilization of equipment at the office.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported that 77 people tested positive for hepatitis C, five for hepatitis B and four for HIV.

In 2014, Harrington surrendered his dentistry license.

Now, he is in trouble with the law again.

Harrington pleaded guilty to laundering around $15,000 from fraudulently billing Medicaid and Medicare.

Documents filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office say the fraudulent activity occurred between January 2012 and June of 2012.

According to the Associated Press, Harrington was sentenced to six months house arrest on Thursday.


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