Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

December 2011

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Architecture - Chiropractic - Engineering and Land Surveying - Massage Therapy - Mental Health Practitioner - Nursing - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Public Accountancy - Social Work - Veterinary Medicine -


Architecture

Stephen Lloyd Doherty, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 022154; Cal. No. 25669

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of receiving fees from a third party in connection with the performance of professional services.

Ekkehart Schwarz, Malone, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 014091; Cal. No. 25777

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of robbery in the 1st Degree, Robbery in the 2nd Degree and Grand Larceny in the 2nd Degree based on his participation in terrorizing his landlord’s employee for over a year, which culminated in two different robberies, in January 2008 and January 2009, which resulted in monies being given to him as a result of threats to the victim.

Lloyd Bowers Taft, Jr. a/k/a Lloyd Taft, Danbury, CT

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 020680; Cal. No. 25738

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 24 month suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Attempted Repeated Failure to File Personal Income Tax Returns based on his attempt to fail to file income tax returns with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance for the years 2005, 2006, and 2007.

Chiropractic

Eugene Anthony Bolognese, Simsbury, CT

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 008510; Cal. No. 25913

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Health Care Fraud.

Edward Tanza, Jr., St. Augustine, FL

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 009204; Cal. No. 25642

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Health Care Fraud, a felony based on his participation in a scheme to defraud health insurance companies by submitting claims for chiropractic services that were not rendered as well as claims for services that were not medically necessary.

Engineering and Land Surveying

Tariq Ahmad Siddiqui, Piscataway, NJ

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 078124; Cal. No. 25916

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 month actual suspension, 22 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $7,500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of receiving fees from a third party in connection with the performance of professional services, and of failing to prepare and retain a written evaluation, including independent calculations and analysis, of the professional services represented by documents signed and sealed by him.

Massage Therapy

Patricia E. Bregel, Albion, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 014608; Cal. No. 25745
Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Indefinite suspension for a minimum of 3 years and until alcohol abuse-free and until fit to practice, probation 5 years to commence subsequent to termination of suspension and upon actual return to practice.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Manslaughter in the 2nd Degree, Vehicular Manslaughter in the 2nd Degree, and Driving While Intoxicated.

Mental Health Practitioner

Kimberly A. Swan, Newark, NY

Profession: Licensed Mental Health Counselor; Lic. No. 000211; Cal. No. 25919

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011 (See also May 2011)

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine, penalty to supersede that imposed under Order No. 25283.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of violating boundary issues with a patient.

Nursing

Carolyn Billeci, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 612469; Cal. No. 25822

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to check a patient’s heart monitor to ensure that a battery had been changed, after instructing a nurse’s aide to change said battery, and of pre-charting patient observations in said patient’s observation flow sheet.

Josefina Aglipay Darvin, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 213688, 429124; Cal. No. 25902, 25903

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation to commence upon return to practice.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to follow proper procedures for verifying a patient’s blood specimen for typing and cross-checking.

Karen A. Hamm, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 182917, 426689; Cal. Nos. 25891, 25892

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge that she documented that she rendered treatment to a patient, when, in fact, it was never rendered to the patient.

Leslie Ann Mayo, Watervliet, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 155685; Cal. No. 25950

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011 (See also May 2004)

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records in the 1st Degree.

Lisa M. Montondo, Watertown, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 199375; Cal. No. 25657

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 11 month stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to call a code and failing to commence cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Barbara J. Osborne, Watkins Glen, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 476215; Cal. No. 25387

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 1 month and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge that she responded to an on-call after hour surgery after consuming alcohol. 

Elizabeth Anne Roman, Yonkers, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 139277, 534864; Cal. Nos. 25774, 25773

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to notify a physician of a patient’s low sugar level of a diabetic patient and failing to re-test the patient before administering insulin.

Lisa Nirban Roy, Saranac Lake, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 273505, 581313; Cal. Nos. 25679, 25680

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 11 month stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to call a code and failing to commence cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Marie Antoinette Mire Scutt, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 257880, 509953; Cal. Nos. 25851, 25852

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to monitor a patient’s intravenous site and of failing to maintain an accurate patient record.

Sarah L. Stewart, Rochester, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 534577; Cal. No. 25873

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 90 days.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having failed to document home visits for more than one patient and having failed to document the pharmacy pick-up of meds for at least one patient.

Shelly Rene Trombetto, Clarence, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 279362; Cal. No. 25933

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011 (See also November 2010)

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the allegation that she stole, for her own personal use, a prescription narcotic pill belonging to the facility where she was employed as nurse.

Lakeesha S. White, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 273549; Cal. No. 25832

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Pharmacy

Vincent Alibrandi, East Northport, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 041636; Cal. No. 25865

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of dispensing medications pursuant to internet prescriptions written by persons not legally authorized to issue said prescriptions.

Medisca, Inc.; 661 Route 3 – Unit C, Plattsburgh, NY and 3955 West Mesa Vista Avenue, Las Vegas, NY

Profession: Repacker and Wholesaler of Drugs, Wholesaler of Drugs (Nonresident); Reg. Nos. 021951, 028174; Cal. Nos. 25900, 25991

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $1,000 fine payable within 3 months.

Summary: Registrant did not contest the charge of having been found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct in Florida.

Joseph M. Rothkopf, Lynbrook, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 030310; Cal. No. 25850

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in State of New York, $1,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of a crime in Colorado and to having lied on his re-registration application.

James Oscar Simmons, III, New York, NY

PhaProfession:rmacist; Lic. No. 050153; Cal. No. 25531

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for not less than 3 months and until successfully participate in course of therapy and treatment and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 3 years probation to commence if and when return to practice.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony.

Donato Franco Tramontozzi, Old Brookville, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 043814; Cal. No. 25809

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 3 year suspension, execution of last 2 years of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to commence subsequent to termination of suspension and upon actual return to practice.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Securities and Wire Fraud.

Whites Pharmacy, Inc., 81 Main Street, East Hampton, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 025349; Cal. No. 25866

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Registrant admitted to the charge of dispensing medications pursuant to internet prescriptions written by persons not legally authorized to issue said prescriptions.

Physical Therapy

Scott Anthony Accordino, West Seneca, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 012412; Cal. No. 25833

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Public Accountancy

Philip Colasuonno, New Rochelle, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 054254; Cal. No. 25640

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud, Bank Fraud, Conspiracy to Commit Tax Fraud, and Aiding and Abetting the Preparation of False Tax Returns, all felonies.

David Grant, New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 054431; Cal. No. 25944

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, a felony.

Aron J. Sotnikoff, Far Rockaway, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 094167; Cal. No. 25893

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $1,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child, a felony.

Social Work

Svyatoslav Bakis, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. No. 052698; Cal. No. 25984

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to allegations that, between November 10, 2009 and March 2010, while practicing as a licensed clinical social worker, he forged at least 9 patients’ signatures on their treatment plans for mental health treatment.

Bruce Raymond Mardiney, Rosendale, NY

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker; Lic. No. 037023; Cal. No. 25795

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of using a modality in a non-family therapy setting that was not evidence-based, and of inappropriate use of an intervention technique at a family meeting.

Veterinary Medicine

Mary Halcyone Jensen Fales, Falconer, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 007949; Cal. No. 25928

Regents Action Date: December 20, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to maintain adequate records of patients.

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Last Updated: January 3, 2012