Highlands Ranch High football coach faces fraud charges

John Trahan's dental clinic accused of billing Medicaid for work never performed


Highlands Ranch High School head football coach John Trahan has been placed on leave after Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser announced charges of fraud filed against him.

In an April 2 news release, the attorney general's office accused Trahan, the owner of Americas Children Dental Clinic in Denver, of billing the Colorado Medicaid program more than $400,000 between 2013 and 2016 for work never performed.

The allegation states that Trahan submitted billing to the Medicaid program indicating dentists, who at one point worked for the clinic but were no longer employed, performed the work, the release says.

Trahan could not immediately be reached for comment.

Trahan was arrested by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on April 1 and charged with theft and two counts of computer crime, each a felony. He posted bond and is set to appear in Denver County Court on April 15, according to the attorney general's office.

“One of my priorities as Attorney General is to fight for and protect health care, including for those covered under the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion,” Weiser said in the release. “In order to protect the well-being of our most vulnerable citizens, our office is committed to going after and prosecuting irresponsible companies or individuals who seek to defraud the system for their own personal gain.”

On April 2, Highlands Ranch High School Principal Chris Page sent an email informing parents that Trahan had been placed on leave.

“Please understand that I am unable to share further details, as this is a personnel matter,” Page wrote.

Trahan — whom the Colorado High School Activities Association calls a Colorado coaching veteran — was hired as head football coach for Highlands Ranch High School in January 2018. He also coached track and field at the school. From 2015-17 he served as head football coach at Smoky Hill High School in Aurora.


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