A Newton resident, who formerly had a dentist practice in Waltham, has been charged with bilking more than $285,000 from an 84-year-old Waltham woman, according to court records.
Ross Anapolle, 42, of 70 Pickwick Road, Newton, is facing one count of larceny over $250 by a single scheme, according to Waltham District Court records. He is scheduled to appear at a March 13 pre-trial hearing.
Anapolle previously operated a dentistry business in Waltham but has since vacated the site, according to Waltham Police Sgt. William Gallant.
According to court records, Anapolle allegedly stole $286,164 using 83 checks from Aug. 2010 to Sept. 2012.
Court records indicate Anapolle was billing the woman for work that was never performed. Police began investigating the fraud on Sept. 5, 2012, when a customer service representative at the Citizens Bank on Lexington Street alerted Waltham Police, saying she was worried Anapolle was scamming the victim. The bank provided police with copies of checks for $33,400.
After investigating the bank worker’s concerns, police determined Anapolle stole $286,164 from the alleged victim, according court records.
The alleged victim underwent two independent exams by different dentists, which led police to conclude Anapolle had allegedly billed his victim for dental work that was never performed, according to court records.
One of the independent exams, performed on Sept. 18, 2012, showed there was no evidence gum surgery had ever been performed on the woman, despite her being billed for such procedures, according to court records.
A separate periodontal exam on Sept. 22, 2012, indicated that no oral surgery had been performed recently despite records showing five such procedures had been billed, according to court records.
One of the independent doctors later told police that procedures for which the victim was billed between March and October 2011 were “highly unusual,” and were not consistent with dental standards of care, according to court records. For example, records indicate a bone graft had been performed on a tooth not present. Separately, records also showed a crown procedure had been performed on a tooth that had undergone two bone grafts. A crown on that tooth, however, would have contradicted the impacts of the bone grafts, according to court records.
Anapolle’s license is listed as active on a state database. He has no disciplinary actions on his record, but the database only shows information dating back to 1993.
Anapolle's attorney, Thomas Hoopes, could not be reached for comment on how his client pleaded.