Man Pleads Guilty To Posing As Dentist At Queens Practice

Attorney General Spitzer today announced that a Kew Gardens man has admitted to illegally practicing dentistry at Colosseum Dental, P.C., in Jamaica, Queens.

Appearing yesterday afternoon in Queens Criminal Court before Judge Jeffrey D. Lebowitz, Ramin Setarehshenas pleaded guilty as charged to Unauthorized Practice of a Profession, and agreed to make $18,000 in restitution for having treated more than 100 Medicaid patients.

Sentencing was set for October 17, 2000, at which time Setarehshenas faces up to four years in prison.

Attorney General Spitzer said, "The licensing of dentists and other health care professionals by the State of New York is designed to protect the health and safety of the public. By holding himself out as a licensed dentist, the defendant sought to circumvent those protections and, in the process, he needlessly put the public at risk."

On January 7, 2000, an investigator from the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit visited Colosseum Dental posing as a Medicaid patient. During the office visit, Setarehshenas unlawfully practiced dentistry by examining the investigator's teeth, taking x-rays, and writing a prescription for Motrin.

The Attorney General thanked the State Health Department for referring the matter to his Office. He also thanked the State Department of Education for its assistance and cooperation during the course of the investigation.

Setarehshenas, 29, lives at 89-24 Lefferts Boulevard, Kew Gardens, Queens.

Colosseum Dental, P.C., is located at 89-02 165th Street in Jamaica, Queens.

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Diane M. McFarlane, of the New York City Regional Office of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. All cases are filed under the direct supervision of Deputy Attorney General Jos? Maldonado.