According to the Attorney General Schneiderman, both a (former) dentist and nurse have been convicted of operating without a license. The dentist, Alexander Hollander, 70, was convicted by a Kings County Supreme Court jury of “Unauthorized Practice of a Profession” in violation of the New York State Education Law – a Class E Felony.
Alexander Hollander, 70, was originally a licensed dentist, however, he lost the authority to practice when he was convicted for Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and “multiple other felonies” related to Medicare fraud. Despite losing his dentistry license in 2000 for these convictions, Hollander continued to practice dentistry at the 7th Avenue Dental Office P.C. located at 5610 7th Avenue, in Brooklyn, NY.
Apparently, the only reason that Hollander was caught was because he had failed to pay the State over $140,000 in restitution for the Medicare fraud that he had previously perpetuated. An investigation by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) at the Attorney General’s Office then apparently realized he had been operating as a dentist for the last 13 years after sending an “undercover investigator” posing as a patient into Hollander’s office three times.
On the first time, on April 19, 2013. Hollander told the undercover agent that he was a dentist and “provided a business card that listed his professional title as Clinical Director and Doctor of Dental Surgery.” On the second visit by an undercover investigator, on May 9, 2013, Hollander assisted the agent with paperwork and was told to “wait while he treated another patient.” The undercover investigator then captured video of Hollander – wearing a lab shirt and plastic gloves, treating another patient in an adjoining examining room. The investigator captured this interaction on video. After dealing with that patient, Hollander then discussed treatment and examined x-rays with the investigator – which was also caught on video. Hollander was later placed under arrest after a third undercover visit on May 30, 2013.
Hollander was convicted by a Kings County Supreme Court jury of four counts of “Unauthorized Practice of a Profession” in violation of the New York State Education Law – a Class E Felony. He could face up to four years in prison for each count and is due to be sentenced on August 15, 2017.
In an unrelated case, Noucheline Jean has been convicted of unlicensed practice of nursing. Jean, who has never been a nurse and has no training as a nurse, had been providing medical care to patients at the Park Nursing Home for 18 months. Under the guise that she was a licensed nurse and had “recently passed the written Licensed Practical Nurse test,” Jean had also conned her employer into giving her a promotion. Jean had previously been informed by New York State that she would never receive a license because she had not completed the education and practical requirements to become a nurse. Jean is scheduled to be sentenced on August 4, 2017.