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Post date: November 2 2000

Brooklyn Dentist Admits To Defrauding Taxpayers

Attorney General Spitzer today announced that a dentist who practiced at the Painless Dental Center in Brooklyn has admitted to billing for dental services that were never provided to patients.

Appearing yesterday afternoon in Brooklyn Criminal Court before Judge Sheryl L. Parker, Dr. Yevgeny Pisarevsky pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree. As part of his plea, Dr. Pisarevsky agreed to pay $100,000 in restitution to the State Medicaid program and $1,280 to patients from whom he received cash payments for treatments already covered by Medicaid.

Pisarevsky faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced. His next court date is December 11th.

Attorney General Spitzer said, "This investigation and prosecution by my Medicaid Fraud Control Unit drives home our message that we have zero tolerance for those who rip off State taxpayers and, in the process, prey upon those who can least afford to pay for health care services."

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) investigation found that Dr. Pisarevsky routinely defrauded Medicaid patients by telling them that they had to pay cash for certain dental services - sometimes as much as $400 - because they were not covered by the Medicaid program when, in fact, they were. In one instance, a patient stated that she had paid hundreds of dollars for a covered Medicaid service after Dr. Pisarevsky falsely informed her that treatment would be significantly delayed if the requisite Medicaid prior approval process was followed. In fact, prior approval had not been required, and Dr. Pisarevsky had already billed Medicaid and received payment before the service was even performed.

The investigation also determined that Dr. Pisarevsky filed reimbursement claims for dental services, such as fillings and perioscaling, that were never provided.

Spitzer noted that his office has referred the case to the State Education Department's Office of the Professions for a review of Dr. Pisarevsky's dental license.

Dr. Pisarevsky, 34, who is also known as Eugene Piser, lives at 188 Irwin Street in Brooklyn. He practices at the Painless Dental Center, located at 907 St. Mark's Avenue in Brooklyn.

Special Assistant Attorney General Arlene S. Osterer, of the New York City Regional Office of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, prosecuted the case. All cases are handled under the direct supervision of Deputy Attorney General Jos? Maldonado.