State College dentist Assadinia pleads no contest to insurance fraud

A State College dentist has pleaded no contest to charges he made more than $52,000 in false insurance claims between June 2006 and February 2011.

Jamshid Assadinia, 54, of State College, faces one count of insurance fraud and one count of theft by deception, which are both third-degree felonies. Assadinia is scheduled for sentencing in April.

Assadinia was arrested earlier this year after an investigation by the FBI and the state Attorney General’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by the attorney general’s Insurance Fraud Section.

Prosecutors have accused Assadinia of submitting the false insurance claims to six difference insurance companies for 100 procedures he did not do. Authorities said Assadinia billed the insurance companies under the names of several patients.

Prosecutor Dennis Kistler could not be reached for comment.

Assadinia’s attorney, Robert Donaldson, could not be reached for comment.

Assadinia has been licensed by the state since 1987, and his license runs through March.