Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

March 2011

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Architecture - Clinical Laboratory Practitioner - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Nursing - Pharmacy - Public Accountancy - Veterinary Medicine -


Architecture

John Nicholas Backos, Upper Saddle River, NJ

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 027556; Cal. No. 25365

Regents Action Date: March 7, 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 failing to maintain for at least 6 years the signed and sealed plans and the related Department of Buildings application and asbestos report that he, as project architect, had prepared for the client.

Godswill Chima Ogbonnaya, Queens Village, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 030205; Cal. No. 25436

Regents Action Date: March 7, 2011

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of self-certifying and filing design plans which did not adequately define the structural aspects of the project.

Clinical Laboratory Practitioner

Jeure Collado, South Richmond Hill, NY

Profession: Clinical Laboratory Technician; Cert. No. 002387; Cal. No. 25424

Regents Action Date: March 7, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Annulment of certificate.

Summary: Licensee did not contest that is he is under investigation for allegations that, on or about December 3, 2008, with fraudulent intent, he submitted an application for certification as a clinical laboratory technician to the Division of Professional Licensing Services of the New York State Education Department in which he certified that he has a minimum of 6 months (720 clock hours) of experience as a clinical laboratory technician, and was thereafter granted a certificate to practice as a clinical laboratory technician in the State of New York on or about March 30, 2009, based on the aforesaid experience when, in truth and in fact, and as he well knew, he did not have said experience as a clinical laboratory technician.

Dentistry

William M. Griefer a/k/a William Griefer, East Windsor, NJ

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 039170; Cal. No. 25330

Regents Action Date: March 7, 2011

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

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Unlawful Surveillance in the 2nd Degree, a class E felony, based on his installation of a camera in the bathroom of his dental office which he used to record, and later review, female patients using the bathroom.

Engineering and Land Surveying

Lawson Moriah Christian, Hempstead, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 072488; Cal. No. 25422

Regents Action Date: March 7, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year actual suspension, 1 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of filing an application and plans with the New York City Department of Buildings for a conversion from a 1-story building to a 2-story building in an area in which said conversion is prohibited by the existing zoning regulations; signing and sealing plans not prepared by him or an employee under his direct supervision and failing to prepare and maintain a thorough written evaluation of the professional services represented by said plans; and receiving fees from a third party in connection with his performance of professional services.

Richard Delisle McKeon, Jr.; Greenville, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 066115; Cal. No. 25420

Regents Action Date: March 7, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,000 fine.

Summary: Respondent did not contest charges of failing to conduct necessary tests and observations.

Dong Soo Whang; College Point, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 063625; Cal. No. 25263

Regents Action Date: March 7, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence subsequent to service of 6 month actual suspension, $7,500 fine payable within 1 year but to commence payment within 30 days.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records in the 1st Degree, a class E felony.

Nursing

Carl R. Alberti, East Setauket, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 317018; Cal. No. 25484

Regents Action Date: March 7, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been found guilty of professional misconduct in the State of Arizona, based on the surrender of his North Carolina license on a charge of inappropriately massaging a patient’s genital and breast areas.

Marshalyn Colleen Hill, Laurelton, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 297000; Cal. No. 25405

Regents Action Date: March 7, 2011

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to  the charge that on or about February 23, 2009, with fraudulent intent, she submitted to the Division of Professional Licensing Services of the State Education Department, an application for licensure as a licensed practical nurse in which she represented that she did not have any criminal convictions in any court, when in truth and in fact, she knew that she had been convicted on February 17, 1995, in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Queens, of the crime of Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the 3rd Degree, a class E felony.  On May 11, 2009, the New York State Education Department, in reliance upon the false representation contained in the aforesaid application for licensure issued her a license to practice as a licensed practical nurse in the State of New York.

Melanie F. LaJuett, Brockport, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 273811, 586636; Cal. Nos. 25324, 25325

Regents Action Date: March 7, 2011

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated on 2 occasions.

Luce Loiseau, Westbury, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 249211, 545642; Cal. Nos. 25273, 25274

Regents Action Date: March 7, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges that she failed to perform a proper assessment on a patient and to initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation on said patient upon finding the patient unresponsive.

Nichole Karintha Newport, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 286521; Cal. No. 25248

Regents Action Date: March 7, 2011

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records.

Kim Lee Purdum, Selden, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 272585; Cal. No. 25154

Regents Action Date: March 7, 2011

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, probation 4 years to run concurrently.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor, based on her failing to record an order for blood tests on the admission sheet of a patient at a facility where she worked in 2007, which she later went back and amended in 2008 and her submission of a subsequent written statement for the facilities investigative file denying having made the changes in the documents.

Bharat Ramsamujh, Jamaica, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 287432, 597033; Cal. Nos. 25232, 25234

Regents Action Date: March 7, 2011

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 having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated as a misdemeanor.

Natasha A. Samuels, Bronx, NY

Profession:  Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 275009; Cal. No. 25373

Regents Action Date: March 7, 2011

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Obstruction of Governmental Administration in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor, based on that while working at a facility she referred three patients to an attorney in response to the attorney’s offer to pay her $1,500 for referring accident victims to him.

Christina M. Smith, Gowanda, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 256736; Cal. No. 25434

Regents Action Date: March 7, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year actual suspension, 1 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Importation of a Controlled Substance into the United States.

Suzanne Marie Taggert, Fairport, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 219251; Cal. No. 25394

Regents Action Date: March 7, 2011

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

Summary: Respondent admitted to the charge of having committed medication errors.

Rhonda Tindal a/k/a Rhonda Fumia, Bedford Hills, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 241235; Cal. No. 25335
Regents Action Date: March 7, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Assault in the 1st Degree and Criminal Contempt in 2009.

Pharmacy

Steven Stewart Brown, New York, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 031185; Cal. No. 25465

Regents Action Date: March 7, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Drug in the 7th Degree and of having taken controlled substances from his employer for personal use.

Sharad Moghabhai Desai, Commack, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 031417; Cal. No. 25363

Regents Action Date: March 7, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge that, on or about January 28, 2010, while employed as the supervising pharmacist of Fordham Plaza Pharmacy, Inc. d/b/a Plaza Pharmacy at 2515 Webster Avenue, Bronx, New York, the unlicensed assistant, whom he was charged with supervising, engaged in unlawful filling and dispensing of prescription medications when licensee was one and a half hours late for his scheduled duty.  Licensee did not have a written protocol in effect providing for the store's closure in the event that no licensed pharmacist was present during scheduled store hours.

Fordham Plaza Pharmacy, Inc. d/b/a Plaza Pharmacy, 2515 Webster Avenue, Bronx, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 021315; Cal. No. 25364

Regents Action Date: March 7, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $5,000 fine payable within 30 days.

Summary: Registrant admitted the charge that, on or about January 28, 2010, at 2515 Webster Avenue, Bronx, New York, in grossly negligent failure to comply with section 6808(2)(e) of the Education Law of the State of New York, governing the practice of the profession, it opened for business without a licensed pharmacist on duty.

Public Accountancy

James Peter Napolitano, Huntington Station, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 068222; Cal. No. 25107

Regents Action Date: March 7, 2011 (see also December 2000)

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 3rd Degree, a class A misdemeanor based on his creation of a forged document purporting to be from the IRS that advised one of his clients, that the client would be provided with a refund.

Veterinary Medicine

Animals Doctor Brodetskiy, P.C., 2222 Avenue X, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Veterinary Medicine; Cal. No. 25497

Regents Action Date: March 7, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $2,500 fine payable within 30 days.

Summary: Registrant admitted to the charge of permitting an unlicensed person to take x-rays, perform blood work, and inject a dog with an antibiotic.

Igor Romanovich Brodetskiy, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 008411; Cal. No. 25496

Regents Action Date: March 7, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $2,500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of permitting an unlicensed person to take x-rays, perform blood work, and inject a dog with an antibiotic.

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Last Updated: March 30, 2011