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Amherst oral surgeon arrested for bilking state prison system

Dr. Timothy J. O’Keefe, an Amherst oral surgeon, who used to be employed by the state prison system, was arrested by State Police Friday on a 41-count indictment for allegedly bilking the state out of more than $14,000 for dental work he never performed on state prison inmates several years ago.

O’Keefe, who was fired by the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, which operates the state’s prison system, was taken into custody in East Amherst late Friday morning and taken to Albany for arraignment before Albany County Judge Peter Lynch. He is due back in court on June 11

Catherine Leahy Scott, the state inspector general, said O’Keefe is charged with one count of grand larceny in the third-degree and 40 counts of offering to a false instrument for filing in the first degree for allegedly improper billings to the state prison system between 2009 to 2011.

She said O’Keefe, who had a contract covering 26 state prisons in the western, central and northern parts of the state, is accused of falsely claiming to have undertaken difficult and more costly oral surgery procedures on inmates that he actually performed.

“The defendant engaged in a course of conduct over a lengthy period of time exploiting the medical process for his own benefit,” Leahy Scott said.

The inspector general said she had to thank the state prison system administration for its assistance in her investigation of the allegations, the State Police for arresting O’Keefe and the state attorney general’s office, which will be prosecuting the case in Albany.

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