Monroe County Dentist Gets 15 Months In Prison For Stealing $90,000 And Practicing Dentistry Without A License

Attorney General Spitzer today announced that former Brighton dentist Richard Levin was sentenced today to 15 months in prison for practicing dentistry without a license and stealing nearly $90,000 by fraudulently billings the state's Medicaid program for dental services that were never provided. Levin lost his license after being convicted earlier this year on federal health care fraud charges.

The sentence will run concurrently with a 15-month federal prison sentence Levin received on August 25th for violating his probation. Levin, 49, of Pittsford, will surrender to federal authorities tomorrow at the Federal Facility at Schuykill, located in Minorsville, Pennsylvania, to begin his federal and state sentences.

According to prosecutors, on January 17, 2003, Levin was sentenced in federal court after being convicted on one count of Health Care Fraud to five years' probation, including six months of home detention and 200 hours of community services. Levin was also required to pay approximately $138,515 in restitution to Excellus Health Care, Inc., and surrender his dental license.

Levin was subsequently arrested on August 5, 2003, by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and pleaded guilty as charged to one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and one count of Unauthorized Practice of a Profession. Appearing today in Monroe County Court before Justice Thomas VanStrydonck, Levin was sentenced to one year in jail on the grand larceny charge and a consecutive term of three months in jail on the unauthorized practice charge. Levin was also ordered to make full restitution of $92,500 to the Medicaid program.

According to the charges filed in the state case, between January 1, 1995, and November 21, 2002, Levin fraudulently submitted claims to Medicaid for various dental services, such as fillings and tooth extractions, that were never provided to patients. In addition, Levin did not receive prior approval from the state Health Department for some of the procedures for which he submitted reimbursement claims, as is required by the state Medicaid program. Lastly, following the surrender of his dental license on March 1, 2003, Levin continued to unlawfully practice dentistry.

Levin previously practiced at 2030 Monroe Avenue and 2257 South Clinton Street, both in Brighton.

Special Assistant Attorney General Timothy J. McFarland, of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit's Rochester Regional Office, prosecuted the case. Assisting in the investigation was Supervising Special Investigator Douglas Hinchey and Associate Special Auditor Investigator Michael L. Warfield.