Rochester man pleads guilty to earning more than $115,000 posing as optometrist and ophthalmic dispenser

Updated: 01/16/2014 4:35 PM
Created: 01/16/2014 4:24 PM WHEC.com

A Rochester man has pleaded guilty to billing Medicaid and other payers for more than $115,000 for optometrist and ophthalmic dispensing services without having a valid license.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says Shamil Tadros lied about being an optometrist and ophthalmic dispenser and treated countless patients around Monroe County without a license. Schneiderman says Tadros obtained more than $15,000 from the State of New York/Excellus Medicaid Managed Care, more than $65,000 from Excellus Health Plan-Private paid insurance plans, more than $15,000 from MVP Health Care, more than $1,000 from Aetna, more than $3,000 from EyeMed Vision Care, and more than $10,000 from UnitedHealthcare.  

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said, “Providing medical services in New York State is a privilege, and no patient should ever have to fear being treated by someone who doesn’t have the proper credentials. It’s important that we hold individuals like Mr. Tadros accountable to help restore trust and send the message that this sort of behavior will not be tolerated.”

Tadros will be sentenced on June 23.


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