Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
July 2008

Architecture - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Nursing - Ophthalmic Dispensing - Pharmacy - Public Accountancy - Social Work

Architecture

Ivan Brian DeRoche, New Rochelle, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 024229; Cal. No. 23852
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $4,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee  admitted to the charge of affixing  his signature and professional seal to four different sets of architectural plans which were neither prepared by him nor by an employee under his supervision and for which he had not prepared written evaluations of the professional services represented by said plans.

David I. Wasserman, Roslyn Heights, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 017297; Cal. No. 24081
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of one count of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony; four counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st Degree, a class E felony; one count of Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor; and one count of Receiving Unlawful Gratuities, a class A misdemeanor.


Dentistry

Catrise Lynette Austin, Fort Lee, NJ

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 046889; Cal. No. 23882
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges that, in performing root canal therapy, she failed to properly determine the tooth’s root configuration from the radiograph, failed to completely fill the root cavity, and failed to timely refer the patient to a specialist for the persistent difficulties encountered in treating the tooth.

Yury M. Babeck, Bellmore, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 043746; Cal. No. 23659
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $10,000 fine to be paid within 6 months.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime of Falsifying Business Records in the 1st Degree, a class E felony.

Febus Blechman, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 041997; Cal. No. 23951
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failure to take radiographs or chart a patient’s existing dental condition.

VIP Smiles Dentistry PC, 119 West 57th Street, New York, NY

Profession: Dentistry; Cal. No. 23883
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent PC admitted to charges that its sole principal, in performing root canal therapy, failed to properly determine the tooth’s root configuration from the radiograph, failed to completely fill the root cavity, and failed to timely refer the patient to a specialist for the persistent difficulties encountered in treating the tooth.


Engineering and Land Surveying

Wei Jwo Lin, Flushing, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 050298; Cal. No. 24070
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008 (see also February 2004)
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the allegation that, on or about January 13, 2005, with fraudulent intent, he submitted a TR-1 form to the Department of Buildings in which he certified that said building had fireproofing when, in truth and in fact, and as he well knew, said building did not have fireproofing material.


Nursing

Gerald M. Casavant, Hoosick, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 488380; Cal. No. 23075
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been found guilty of professional misconduct by the Vermont Board of Nursing.

Shaun Thomas Collins, Brentwood, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 250137; Cal. No. 23909
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of two felony convictions for Grand Larceny, two misdemeanor convictions for Petit Larceny, and one misdemeanor conviction for Criminally Possessing a Hypodermic Instrument.

Mary Louise Davis a/k/a Mary Louise G. Davis, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 068877, 252224; Cal. Nos. 22205, 22206
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Censure and Reprimand.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of professional misconduct relating to failing to maintain a record that accurately reflects the evaluation and treatment of a patient.

Michele B. Dollar a/k/a Michele B. Faulkner, Latham, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 475103; Cal. No. 23849
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008
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 if and when return to practice, $500 fine payable within 6 months.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated in 2004 and Driving While Intoxicated in 2005.

Pamela D. Fulton, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 265230; Cal. No. 23918
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice, $500 fine payable within 6 months.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having beenconvicted of Grand Larceny 4th Degree.

Katina Anne Votsis Lucas, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 352161; Cal. No. 23185
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of professional misconduct relating to obtaining controlled substances by fraud and deceit.

Nada Jadrovska, Rochester, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 430010; Cal. No. 23913
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $750 fine.
Summary:  Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted for Willful Violation of Health Law and Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd Degree.


Ophthalmic Dispensing

Raymond F. Calhoon, Jr., Cheektowaga, NY

Profession: Ophthalmic Dispenser; Lic. No. 005028; Cal. No. 23880
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008 (see also December 2001 and September 2004)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension of no less than 1 year 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 of having been convicted of Drivng While Intoxicated as a felony.


Pharmacy

Ashland Pharmacy, Inc., 123 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 020974; Cal. No. 23584
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008 (see also July 2002)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Registrant admitted to charges of pharmacy violations found during inspection of the pharmacy: the pharmacy lacked a retail price list; the pharmacy maintained outdated drugs in pharmacy stock; the pharmacy failed to maintain a separate file for schedule II controlled substances; the pharmacy's president and supervising pharmacist failed to document on the reverse of prescriptions the refills for Schedule III, IV and V controlled substances dispensed by him; and the pharmacy failed to maintain a current biennial inventory of the controlled drugs.

Robert A. Duca, Jr., Roslyn Heights, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 038104; Cal. No. 24056
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Diversion of Prescription Medications and Prescriptions in the 4th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Eckerd Corporation (#5921), 381 Broadway, Monticello, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 023968; Cal. No. 23640
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Registrant admitted to the charge offailing  to have a supervising pharmacist of the retail pharmacy operated by respondent while said pharmacy was open for business during the period from December 1, 2006 to March 4, 2007.

Daniel Leo Freidlin a/k/a Daniel Freidlin, Roslyn Harbor, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 045303; Cal. No. 24068
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Diversion of Prescription Medications in the 4th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Edwin Omar Gbenebitse, Valley Stream, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 035394; Cal. No. 23583
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008 (see also July 2002)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $7,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of pharmacy violations found during inspection of the pharmacy at which he was the supervising pharmacist: the pharmacy lacked a retail price list; the pharmacy maintained outdated drugs in pharmacy stock; the pharmacy failed to maintain a separate file for schedule II controlled substances; licensee failed to document on the reverse of prescriptions the refills for Schedule III, IV and V controlled substances dispensed by him; and the pharmacy failed to maintain a current biennial inventory of the controlled drugs.

Genovese Drug Stores, Inc. d/b/a Rite Aid Pharmacy, 196 East Hartsdale Avenue, Hartsdale, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 026644; Cal. No. 23794
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $7,500 fine payable within 30 days.
Summary: Registrant  admitted to the charge of failing to notify the New York State Board of Pharmacy that there was a change in the identity of the supervising pharmacist of the retail pharmacy operated by respondent in that there was no supervising pharmacist during the period of from January 27, 2007 to May 22, 2007.

Carmen Kwan, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 045383; Cal. No. 23950
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of knowingly submitting a fabricated telephone prescription order to a pharmacy where she worked as a pharmacist in order to procure medication for another under her insurance benefits.

Rite Aid of New York, Inc., 2460 Route 52, P.O. Box 895, Pine Bush, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 022160; Cal. No. 23787
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $7,500 fine payable within 30 days.
Summary: Registrant  admitted to the charge of failing to notify the New York State Board of Pharmacy that there was a change in the identity of the supervising pharmacist of the retail pharmacy operated by respondent in that there was no supervising pharmacist during the period from September 24, 2006 to February 14, 2007.

Rite Aid of New York, Inc., 301 West 50th Street, New York, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 024241; Cal. No. 23858
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $10,000 fine payable within 60 days.
Summary: Registrant admitted to the charge of failing to employ a supervising pharmacist of a retail pharmacy respondent operated during the period from February 26, 2007 to September 1, 2007.


Public Accountancy

Stanley Bekritsky, Teaneck, NJ

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 030673; Cal. No. 24044
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary:Licensee did not contest allegations that, between 1999 and 2001, he aided and assisted in the preparation and presentation of fraudulent and false U.S. Partnership Tax Returns, as more fully set forth in Indictment Number 05-249 filed in United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Richard H. Dickinson, Saratoga Springs, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 039003; Cal. No. 23954
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension in certain area until successful completion of course of retraining in certain area, upon termination of partial actual suspension 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary:  Licensee did not contest the charge of  having committed auditing procedure errors during the course of conducting an audit of the financial statements of each of two entites, the results of which were submitted to a federal agency.

Robert A. Washko, Freeport, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 036743; Cal. No. 23549
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 2nd Degree and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 2nd Degree.


Social Work

June Burstein, Fort Myers, FL

Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. No. 034542; Cal. No. 23798
Regents Action Date:  July 28, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year actual suspension with leave to apply for early termination of suspension upon service of first 6 months thereof and upon successful completion of coursework in ethics, upon service of or early termination of suspension 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice in New York State, $1,500 fine payable within 90 days.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of engaging in a dual relationship with a patient and failing to maintain a record of the evaluation and treatment of said patient.


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