Dentist hired unlicensed men for Medicaid procedures: prosecutors
A Brooklyn dentist was indicted for hiring four unlicensed men to perform procedures on patients and billing Medicaid almost $50,000, prosecutors said Friday.
Joseph Shyknevsky allegedly hired Ilya Zolotar, Konstantin Shtrambrand, Sergi Tolokolnikov and Valerian Kverenchkhiladze to do work on 110 Medicaid recipients and billed the state as if it was performed by licensed dentists.
“Exploiting Medicaid by using unlicensed medical professionals not only drains the system of resources, it endangers the well-being of New Yorkers,” said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Ilya Zolotar (l.) and Konstantin Shtrambrand, who performed the procedures on Medicaid patients unlicensed.
Prosecutors said, relying on Shyknevky’s claims, Medicaid either directly or through managed care providers, paid the schemer over $48,000 for the dental work.
The alleged fraudsters were indicted for third-degree health care fraud.
Shyknevky, 46, his company J.S. Atlantic Dental P.C., Zolotar, 50, of Staten Island, and Shtrambrand, 46, of Huntington Valley, Penn., were also charged with unauthorized practice of a profession and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.
If convicted, they each face up to seven years in prison.
Zolotar, Shtrambrand and Tolokolnikov have an ongoing 2014 indictment with the attorney general’s office for allegedly performing complicated dental procedures on patients, including filing and root canals, without a proper license, prosecutors said.