Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Former Dentist Charged with Fraud; Schneider Also Faces Lawsuits in Connection with Abuse Claims

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Former Dentist Charged with Fraud; Schneider Also Faces Lawsuits in Connection with Abuse Claims

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Byline: Beth Reese Cravey & Sebastian Kitchen

Amanda Barry, holding her son Dominic who she claims was among the dozens of children brutally treated by dentist Howard Schneider, smiled on Monday hoping the arrest of the former Jacksonville dentist meant he could not harm any more children.

In sign language, Barry communicated that Dominic threw his backpack in the air in joy when she informed him about the arrest on Monday.

Although Barry and others are involved in civil action against Schneider, the dentist turned himself in to authorities on Monday on criminal charges of 11 counts of unauthorized Medicaid claims of $10,000 or less, according to a Sheriff's Office report. His bail was set at $110,000.

Schneider, 78, gave up his license and left Jacksonville after complaints he hurt children at his practice.

Attorney John Phillips, who represents 77 former patients and their families, said he knows there is also an investigation into the abuse and neglect. While he represents them in a civil case, Phillips said the families wanted to see criminal charges.

"Trying to put dollar signs on the pain and suffering and the PTSD these children suffered is impossible," Phillips said.

"This is definitely the justice I wanted since day one," said Brandi Motley, who also says her daughter Bri-el was a victim of Schneider. She said her Bri-el, who was quiet Monday as Motley talked to reporters at Phillips's office, has suffered post-traumatic stress, distrusts men including her father and has a variety of other issues, including Motley's concerns about her eating habits.

Motley said the case is headed in the right direction.

"It's affected us big-time," Motley said, adding they received threats and people said they had ruined Schneider's life after she spoke out about her daughter's treatment.

Barry, who is deaf and communicated through an interpreter, and Motley were excited about Schneider being in jail.

Phillips said anyone who saw the photos of Bri-el knows there was abuse. …

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