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Local man pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud

Rochester, N.Y. - A Rochester man pleaded guilty Wednesday to defrauding Medicaid of more than $115,000 for optometry and ophthalmic dispensing services.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Wednesday Shamil Tadros had pleaded guilty after an investigation found he lied about having a valid New York State license for dispensing optometric or ophthalmic materials.

Over a 13-year period, from 2000 to 2013, Tadros admitted to defrauding several people using a fake license.

In doing so, 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.

"Providing medical services in New York State is a privilege," Attorney General Schneiderman said. "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 in June in Monroe County Court.

 
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