Another fraud lawsuit filed against local dentist Sorbero

Martin Sorbero

FONDA — Another lawsuit has been filed against a Canajoharie dentist who was charged earlier this year with more than 20 counts of fraud by state police.

In a filing in State Supreme Court in Montgomery County, Nitza Maynard alleges D.D.S. Martin Sorbero failed to provide proper services and billed her for work that was allegedly never preformed.

The suit was filed by attorney Jeff DeFrancisco of DeFrancisco and Falgiatano Law Firm of East Syracuse, Onondaga County.

The filing states that Sorbero did dental work on Maynard for 20 years, including things such as placement of crowns.

Maynard’s suit alleges that Sorbero “failed to provide dental care, services and treatment to the plaintiff in accordance with generally accepted medical standards.”

Maynard alleges that Sorbero preformed unnecessary dental work as well.

The filing additionally states that Sorbero billed a line of credit for services that were never preformed.

“At the present time, plaintiff is continuing to pay for dental services she never received on the aforementioned line of credit,” the filing states.

In April, Sorbero was charged with second-degree forgery, third-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records.

At that time, troopers said it’s alleged that he forged a patient’s signature on a Care Credit application and then falsely reported, and submitted to Care Credit, that he completed dental work on that patient, billing the company $11,000.

Then in June, Sorbero was charged with one count of second-degree grand larceny with a value greater than $50,000, 19 counts of second-degree forgery and one count of first degree falsifying business records by state police.

Troop G public information office Mark Cepiel said in June this case includes 20 separate cases of Sorbero allegedly forging credit slips in patients names. Cepiel said the value lost in this case is in excess of $100,000.

Sorbero was also named as a defendant in a 2016 lawsuit involving him allegedly performing dental work that was not needed.

Kathie Ryan filed a lawsuit in June 2016, alleging that between February and June 2014, Sorbero performed root canals on six of her teeth. Ryan alleges these procedures were not warranted.

Ryan claims the six teeth in question were not fractured or abscessed and had no symptoms that would have suggested a root canal was necessary.

The filing additionally claims veneer shells that are placed over damaged or stained teeth that were paid for were not medically warranted based on the symptoms, and a bridge implant “would not have been necessary but for the root canals, and even then, were not medically warranted.”

On Sept. 29, Thomas Gardner filed a complaint against Sorbero claming he paid $9,500 for work that Sorbero allegedly “did not perform” as indicated.