Brooklyn Dentist Pleads Guilty To Medicaid Fraud & Lying Before Grand Jury
Attorney General Spitzer today announced the felony conviction of a Brooklyn dentist who billed the Medicaid program for dental services that were never provided and then lied before a grand jury investigating the false billings.
Dr. Alexander Hollander, whose practice was in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn, appeared before Kings County Supreme Court Justice Michael R. Juviler and pleaded guilty to all counts of a 36-count felony indictment. The indictment charged him with 2 counts of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, 1 count of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, 27 counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, 3 counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, and 3 counts of Perjury in the First Degree.
As part of his plea, Hollander has agreed to surrender his dental license and pay restitution of $300,000 to the State Medicaid program and $20,000 to patients.
Sentencing is set for March 13, 2000.
According to Attorney General Spitzer, Hollander was one of four dentists arrested last July for a Medicaid scam that dated back to 1989. The dentists were charged with filing reimbursement claims for dental services that they never provided. Hollander was also charged with defrauding Medicaid patients by telling them that they had to pay cash for certain dental services - often as much as $400 -- because they were not covered by the Medicaid program when, in fact, they were.
Initially, Hollander submitted bogus claims under the provider numbers of other dentists until he became a licensed dentist in 1992. Later, he submitted phony bills under his own number and that of another dentist in his practice until shortly after the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit executed a search warrant at his dental office in 1997. Thereafter, Hollander continued the fraud by submitting false claims under the provider numbers of other dentists that he recruited to work for him.
In April 1999, Hollander appeared before a Brooklyn grand jury and denied having made chart entries reflecting the performance of dental services never provided and then billing Medicaid. He also denied having asked another dentist to make false entries in patient charts reflecting that services had been performed on dates other than when the dentist had actually treated the patients.
Attorney General Spitzer noted that the other 3 dentists arrested with Hollander have all been convicted for their participation in the scheme.
Hollander, 51, of 56-42 Cloverdale Boulevard in Bayside, Queens, operated European Professional Offices, Inc., and European Dental Association LLC, both located at 5001 Eighth Avenue in Brooklyn.
The case was handled by Special Assistant Attorney General Arlene S. Osterer, of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. All cases are handled under the direct supervision of Deputy Attorney General Jose Maldonado.