"Fake" and "dentist" are words no one ever wants to hear together, but a real Brooklyn dentist hired people without licenses to perform dental work on patients as part of a Medicaid scam, according to NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
"Exploiting Medicaid by using unlicensed medical professionals not only drains the system of resources, it endangers the well-being of New Yorkers," said Schneiderman. "New York has strong licensing requirements for healthcare, and those who think they can skirt these important safety rules will be held accountable."
Joseph Shyknevsky, 46, of Brooklyn is accused of hiring four people without dental licenses—Ilya Zolotar, 50, of Staten Island; Konstantin Shtrambrand, 46, of Huntington Valley, Pennsylvania; Sergi Tolokolnikov, 57, of Staten Island, and Valerian Kverenchkhiladze, 43, of Brooklyn—to perform various procedures on 110 Medicaid patients. Medicaid was billed $48,000 for the unlicensed work.
Schneiderman's office adds, "Zolotar, Shtrambrand and Tolokolnikov were previously arrested by the Attorney General’s office in 2014 for allegedly performing complicated dental procedures on patients, including filing and root canals, without a proper license. The Attorney General’s Office captured some of these procedures on video surveillance."
Each of the defendants was charged with healthcare fraud in the third degree, which is a felony; Shyknevsky, Zolotar, and Shtrambrand were hit with charges like unauthorized practice of a profession (dentistry). If convicted, they could each face up to seven years in prison.