California resident, Valery Dobrushin, was charged with insurance fraud and faces up to 11 years in prison. Dobrushin owned and operated “Val’s Optical” where he was illegally providing eye exams and prescribing glasses to over 300 customers. Prosecutors said that Dobrushin was billing insurance companies for more than $11,300. Investigations of Dobrushin’s practice led to five felony charges and two misdemeanors. If convicted, he faces up to 11 years in prison and pay all restitution owed. 3
Unlicensed medical practitioners posing as real doctors put patients at great risk, says fraud expert Linda Webb, aka The Fraud Dog. Verifying a medical practitioner’s license on the front end of the business process has to be tightened down and made a priority in order to save lives. There is no way an unlicensed practitioner should be able to get paid via insurance, Medicare and/or Medicaid without proper due diligence vendor verification when setting them up on the front end for payment of services rendered. Patients face grave danger if someone who has not been properly trained or does not carry necessary insurance (like malpractice insurance) in order to protect patient rights. Fraudsters are finding easier ways to print fake diploma’s as well as assume the identity of real practicing doctors. Some fraudsters utilize the identity of retired doctors and dead doctors in order to bill for services. Fraudsters don’t care about a person’s health, safety or well-being. It is simply about scamming for the purpose of financial gain, says Linda Webb.