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Rochester man admits to practicing without license

Rochester Business Journal
January 17, 2014

A Rochester man who faked credentials as a licensed optometrist has pleaded guilty to criminal charges, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday.

Shamil Tadros is slated to be sentenced June 23 in Monroe County Court on felony charges of practicing without a license and defrauding insurance companies and the state’s Medicaid program.

In practice as an optometrist at several area eyeglass shops for 13 years, Tadros claimed to be licensed by the state but never had a license. By dispensing prescription eyewear without proper credentials, he wrongly collected billings totaling $116,821 from the state’s Medicaid program and private insurers, Schneiderman said.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, which paid some $80,000 in private and managed Medicaid-plan claims Tadros submitted, took the biggest single hit. Also paying improperly billed vision care claims were MVP Health Care. United Healthcare, EyeMed Vision Care and Aetna Inc.

Tadros practiced locally from Jan. 1, 2000 until last May. 
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