A Dallas dentist who prosecutors said lived lavishly at his Preston Hollow home while filing fraudulent Medicaid claims has been ordered to pay roughly $16.5 million by a district court judge.
Attorney General Ken Paxton said Tuesday state district court judge Catherine Mauzy’s final judgment against Dr. Richard Malouf held him responsible for 1,842 violations under the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act as well. She granted a summary judgment in May.
Malouf, who was the former owner of All Smiles Dental Center, operated orthodontic clinics in the Dallas area for years.
“I applaud my litigation team, the court and the Health and Human Services Commission for stopping this misconduct and recovering taxpayer money,” said Paxton in a statement. “Identifying and preventing Medicaid fraud continues to be a top priority for my office and I remain committed to ensuring that Medicaid dollars are preserved for those who most need them.”
As accusations of Medicaid fraud mounted, Malouf famously sued two local journalists (and a neighbor, Laura Wilson – mother of actors Owen and Luke Wilson, who he alleged helped one of them) for reporting on his lavish lifestyle, which included a Preston Hollow home on Strait Lane that boasted a water park (complete with a lazy river and water slides), two movie theaters, and a ballet room. Malouf sold the home in December 2019 to Dallas developer Mehrdad Moayedi’s Crescent Estates Custom Homes.
The court also found that Malouf fraudulently billed Medicaid for services that were provided by a different doctor that included billings he filed while on vacation in another country.