Former Doctor Indicted For Practicing Without A License

Attorney General Spitzer and State Education Commissioner Richard Mills today announced an indictment handed up by a grand jury against a Queens man for treating patients without a license.

A Queens County Grand Jury today charged Chandrakumar Agrawal, 63, with two counts of Unauthorized Practice of Medicine. Each count is an E felony punishable by up to four years in prison.

Agrawal practiced at a medical office at 37-52 Warren Street in Jackson Heights, Queens, claiming he was a licensed family practitioner and cellular nutritionist.

Agrawal's New York medical license was revoked in 1990 by the State Education Department after learning that when he applied for the license, he failed to disclose a 1978 conviction of Sale of a Controlled Substance in Florida, which had resulted in the revocation of his license in that state.

"New York has set standards for physicians to practice in this state to ensure our residents receive safe and effective health care," said Spitzer. "Individuals who ignore these standards not only betray their patients' trust, they endanger their welfare. My office works closely with the Department of Education to end such dangerous practices."

Since the State revoked the defendant's license in 1990, Agrawal has not attempted to have his license restored. In 1996, he was prosecuted by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for the same offense. He was convicted and received five years probation.

The State Department of Education's Office of Professional Discipline, which oversees professional licensing in New York, recently received information that Agrawal was illegally practicing medicine again. It then referred the case to the Attorney General's office for prosecution.

Johanna Duncan-Poitier, Deputy Commissioner for the State Education Department, Office of Professions said:

"A major focus of our office is the protection of the public against unscrupulous, unlicensed practitioners. Agrawal, who continued to practice medicine after having his license revoked, put the public in unacceptable danger. The collaboration between the Education Department and the Attorney General's office is one more excellent example of how we are ensuring that New York State is a safer place to live."

The charges against Agrawal are only accusations, and he is presumed innocent at this time.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Ronda C. Lustman of Attorney General Spitzer's Criminal Prosecutions Bureau.

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