Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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February 24, 2014

Couple sentenced in dental fraud case

GLASGOW — A plea agreement for the couple who operated About Face Dental and Denture Care in Glasgow was finalized Monday at their sentencing in Barren Circuit Court.

The husband-and-wife duo of Michael Harold Richardson and Lana Richardson, who ran the business formerly at 103 Rogers Drive, had pleaded guilty in Barren Circuit Court to multiple criminal charges related to the fact that neither was licensed in Kentucky to perform the services they provided, and many of their customers received inferior products.

The Richardsons were each sentenced to five years in prison and $1,000 fine, but they will not have to serve the time as long as they meet the requirements of a three-year probation.

Michael Richardson, 55, faced 32 counts of theft by deception, $500 or more but less than $10,000; 10 counts of theft by deception, under $500; and practicing dentistry without a license, first offense.

Lana Richardson, 52, faced 32 counts of complicity to theft by deception, $500 or more but less than $10,000; 10 counts of complicity to theft by deception, under $500; and a single count of complicity to practicing dentistry without a license, first offense.

The crimes occurred from October 2011 through July 2012, according to their indictments.

Barren Circuit Judge Phil Patton approved the sentence that was proposed in a plea deal negotiated between Commonwealth’s Attorney John Gardner and the Richardson’s defense attorney Ken Garrett. Under the deal, the couple made a payment of $27,040 when the plea was entered in December to make restitution to all the victims known to the prosecution at the time.

In addition to not violating probation, the Richardsons must pay $100 a month for restitution to the four confirmed victims who have come forward since the initial payment was made and to any who do so during the probationary period. The total additional payments due as of Monday were $2,480.

Each month’s payment will be forwarded right away, Gardner said, and the victims will be paid in the order in which they came forward.

Garrett was not available for comment after Monday’s court proceeding.

If the Richardsons are still paying the additional restitution when the three years’ probation ends, the probation would be extended, Gardner said.

“The commonwealth is pleased to be able to resolve this matter in a way we believe protects the victims of About Face Dental,” Gardner said after the judge imposed the final sentence decision. “And the commonwealth will closely monitor the Richardsons’ probation and seek to revoke the probation if they do not comply with the terms.”

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