Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
September 2003

Architecture - Chiropractic - Dentistry - Nursing - Optometry - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Professional Engineering and Land Surveying - Public Accountancy - Social Work - Veterinary Medicine

Architecture

Frank Arthur Restituto, Commack, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 010717; Cal. No. 19823
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $3,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of preparing inadequate plans.


Chiropractic

Scott Alan Snyder, West Babylon, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 005244; Cal. No. 19868
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against the charge of negligent billing.


Dentistry

Stephen M. Brenner, Howard Beach, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 032446; Cal. No. 20578
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Aleksandr Dayanayev, Astoria, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 046953; Cal. No. 20735
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial suspension in certain area until terminated as set forth in consent order application, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of preparing and fitting a patient with several crowns that were inadequate and failing to maintain an accurate patient record.

Howard G. Kanen, Forest Hills, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 023240; Cal. No. 20756
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 5 year suspension with leave to apply for early termination as set forth in consent order application - upon termination or service of suspension, probation 2 years, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against the charge of failing to comply with the continuing education requirements of his profession.

Robert Mass, Albany, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 021146; Cal. No. 20908
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of inadequate records.

Richard Joseph Pitz, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 027100; Cal. No. 20840
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against the charge of permitting his signature to be affixed to insurance claim forms indicating that he performed dental exams on a patient when, in fact, he had not.

Haresh Dhirajlal Shah, Jamaica, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 036306; Cal. No. 20985
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $7,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of willfully filing false reports.


Nursing

Dorothy M. Arnold a/k/a Dorothy M. O'Brien, Bath, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 126788; Cal. No. 21015
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Adulteration of a Drug.

Laura Ann Audette, Ridge, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 423495; Cal. No. 20655
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for not less than 6 months and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of diverting a quantity of Demerol.

Kelley L. Bellinger, Middleburgh, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 252042; Cal. No. 20896
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of improperly ambulating a patient.

Ernestine Clarke, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 198573, 411946; Cal. Nos. 20954, 20955
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of last 11 months of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of submitting false reports to her employer regarding assessments that she allegedly performed for two patients.

Nicoelle Danielle Covella, Rensselaer, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 256454; Cal. No. 19606
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Suspension in certain area until terminated as set forth in Regents Review Committee report - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of failing to administer medications as required and erroneously indicating in medication administration records that she had done so.

Elizabeth Leonardo Dematteo, Delmar, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 502097; Cal. No. 20921
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003 (See also March 2006)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of withdrawing controlled substances improperly and by failing to document administrations in patient records.

Rosemary Douglas, Kings Park, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 418292; Cal. No. 20341
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Suspension until terminated as set forth in Regents Review Committee report - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a class A misdemeanor, and Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree.

Christina Drumm, Prescott, AZ

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 147771, 338876; Cal. Nos. 21080, 21081
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charges of failing to complete work assignments, patient charts, and follow-up care; testing positive for marijuana; not charting the administration of patient medications properly and failing to complete nursing notes, consents, and discharge instructions on all patients.

Dorothy Edmond, Westbury, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 255157; Cal. No. 20799
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 15 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of one count of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, two counts of Falsifying Business Records in the 1st Degree and two counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st Degree.

Jeffrey Paul Evans a/k/a Jeffrey A. Evans a/k/a Jeffrey Evans, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 247202; Cal. No. 20926
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for at least 1 year and until terminated as set forth in consent order application, probation 3 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Theft of Public Money and Driving While Intoxicated on two different occasions.

Laura M. Fletcher a/k/a Laura Melissa Fletcher, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 128936, 349683; Cal. Nos. 20029, 20028
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of changing the time of order on a Physician's Order, and inserting an incorrect time of order on a second Physician's Order.

Kathy Lynn Griffith, Potsdam, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 399605; Cal. No. 19910
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of knowingly and intentionally taking medications belonging to a discharged patient for her own personal use.

Faith Karen Huggins, New York, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 199474, 429750; Cal. Nos. 20927, 20928
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to record the administration of medications to patients on said patients' medication administration records and failing to properly record the reason for not administering a medication to a patient.

Denise Ann Humphrey a/k/a Denise A. Humphrey, Tonawanda, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 190774; Cal. No. 20817
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence if and when licensee returns to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree.

Kathleen Ann Isbell, Taberg, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 201769, 415520; Cal. Nos. 20925, 20924
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of obtaining and using three vials of Demerol IV and a vial of Valium IV for her personal use.

Catherine Kelleher, Albany, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 144642; Cal. No. 20586
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated and admitted to charge of filing a false report.

Richard Merritt, Jacksonville, FL

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 511685; Cal. No. 21106
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to indicate criminal convictions on his Application for Licensure and First Registration.

Alyce Mineo, Deer Park, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 132696; Cal. No. 20986
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd Degree, a class E felony.

Sara Newman, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 526276; Cal. No. 20826
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of medication errors.

Todd D. Newton, South Glens Falls, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 229253, 468451; Cal. Nos. 20844, 20845
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003 (see also April 2001)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of willfully intimidating a patient physically.

Patricia A. Rhodes, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 255717; Cal. No. 20813
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial suspension in certain area until terminated as set forth in consent order application, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of medication administration and documentation errors.

Marian Imogene Ruszala, Frankfort, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 240607; Cal. No. 20779
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for not less than 6 months and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 3 years to commence if and when licensee returns to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Burglary in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th Degree.

Mary Sciamatore, Poughkeepsie, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 226071; Cal. No. 21108
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: While employed and on duty as a licensed practical nurse in a nursing home, licensee did not contest the charge of holding a pillow on the face of a resident for five to seven seconds.

Victoria Staskiel, Stony Brook, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner; Lic. Nos. 146210, 339676, Cert. No. 400067; Cal. Nos. 20515, 20516, 20514
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 year suspension, said suspension to be terminated sooner, but in no event before 2 years, as set forth in consent order application -- probation 3 years to commence upon licensee's return to practice.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to recognize the seriousness of a patient's condition and said patient's suicidal tendencies, and prescribing a medication that was contraindicated by the patient's condition.

Laura D. Stiggins, Arkport, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 168474; Cal. No. 19847
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of last year of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Assault in the 3rd Degree and Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent Person.

Barbara A. Sweet a/k/a Barbara Taylor-Sweet, Valley Cottage, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 249769; Cal. No. 20797
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of last 10 months of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of one count of Attempt to Evade or Defeat Tax.

Lourdes Victor a/k/a Lourdes Victor-Simon, Dacula, GA

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 252127, 489698; Cal. Nos. 18861, 18322
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003 (see also July 2001)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: RN-Annulment of license; LPN-24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 24 months.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of falsely indicating on her application for licensure as a registered professional nurse in the State of New York that she had completed a basic nursing program, and falsely stating on her application for licensure as a licensed practical nurse that she had not applied for a registered professional nurse license in the State of New York.

Darnell Townsend Waring, Bronx, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 413649; Cal. No. 19591
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of practicing the profession of nursing while her ability to practice was impaired by drugs.

Elizabeth M. Warnock, Middleburgh, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 202040; Cal. No. 21122
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of falsifying medical records.

Stacy Ann Watson, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 203430, 426748; Cal. Nos. 20909, 20910
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to maintain a record which accurately reflected the evaluation and treatment of a patient, by recording on a patient's flow sheet that she had administered a controlled drug intravenously to a patient when she had not.

Jennifer Jean Wentzell a/k/a Jennifer Jean Boniface, Pine Bush, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 200417, 447346; Cal. Nos. 20336, 20337
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003 (see also November 1999)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence if and when licensee returns to practice, $250 fine to be paid as set forth in consent order application.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of violation of probation pursuant to Regents Order Numbers 17418 and 17419.

Susan Mary Zimmerman, Hornell, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 461536; Cal. No. 20984
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Assault in the 3rd Degree, a class B misdemeanor; Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor; Aggravated Harassment in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor; Making a Punishable Written False Statement, a class A misdemeanor; and Issuing a Bad Check, a class B misdemeanor.


Optometry

Stephen D. Smith, Massena, NY

Profession: Optometrist; Lic. No. 005407; Cal. No. 20933
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of inadequate record keeping.


Pharmacy

John Everitt Copeland, Jr., Avoca, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 038559; Cal. No. 20932
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to personally offer to counsel a patient.

FRS Drug, Inc., d/b/a Value Price Pharmacy, 341 East 78th Street, New York, NY 10021

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 021723; Cal. No. 19978
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to notify the State Board of Pharmacy within seven days of a change in the identity of the supervising pharmacist.

Anky Chuikwan Lam, Jamaica, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 036932; Cal. No. 20496
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Receipt and Delivery of Misbranded Drugs with Intent to Defraud, a felony.

Ronald D. Mathews, Odessa, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 035701; Cal. No. 20895
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of refilling prescriptions without physician authorization.

Richard M. Michelin, Hempstead, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 046039; Cal. No. 20591
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003 (see also May 2007)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,750 fine.
Summary: As supervising pharmacist, licensee did not contest the charge of failing to maintain proper repacking records, failing to properly supervise unlicensed personnel, and allowing the drug stock of the pharmacy to contain 23 outdated and 4 misbranded drugs.

Robert Michael Moskowitz, Canastota, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 047378; Cal. No. 20940
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $7,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of misbranding and dispensing a narcotic analgesic rather that a non-narcotic pain reliever.

Niranjan Patel a/k/a Ron Patel, Bayside, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 028316; Cal. No. 20900
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, probation 2 years to commence if and when licensee returns to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Paying Medicare Kickbacks, and Subscribing to False Corporate Income Tax Returns, both Federal felonies.

Charles Rosenblum, New York, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 019812; Cal. No. 20982
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension with leave to apply for a stay of execution of any unserved portion of said suspension as set forth in consent order application - upon service or stay of execution of any unserved portion of the aforesaid suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of submitting a re-registration application in which he indicated he had completed required continuing education when, in fact, he had not.

Gary D. Seitz, Granville, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 031977; Cal. No. 20939
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for no less than 3 years and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 3 years to commence upon licensee's return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Petit Larceny; Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree; and Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd Degree.

George Zaki Shehata, West Orange, NJ

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 042271; Cal. No. 20402
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to commence if and when licensee returns to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of removing Percocet from his employer's stock for his personal use.

State University of New York at Stony Brook, University Hospital, Stony Brook, NY 11794

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 016402; Cal. No. 20624
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $40,000 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Respondent did not contest the charge of failing to maintain records of every prescription filled and refilled daily in a manner that clearly identified the dispensing pharmacist; not preventing unlicensed persons (technicians) from filling, mixing, and compounding medication; failing to maintain pharmacy patient profiles in a readily retrievable form; and failing to maintain archived patient records in a readily retrievable form.

Adam Arthur Vangesen, Beaver Dams, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 042943; Cal. No. 21004
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of diverting controlled substances for his own use.

Walgreen Eastern Co., Inc., 393 Front Street, Hempstead, NY 11550

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 022760; Cal. No. 20592
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003 (see also May 2007)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent did not contest the charge of failing to maintain proper repacking records, failing to properly supervise unlicensed personnel, and allowing the drug stock of the pharmacy to contain 23 outdated and 4 misbranded drugs.


Physical Therapy

Christopher W. Brady, Elmira Heights, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist Assistant; Cert. No. 004486; Cal. No. 20923
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor.


Professional Engineering and Land Surveying

Richard P. Benko, East Greenbush, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 053116; Cal. No. 20883
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of signing and stamping a Certificate of Construction Compliance without viewing the septic system.


Public Accountancy

Alan Goldman, P.C., 31 Vanderbilt Way, North Woodmere, NY 11581

Profession: Public Accountancy; Cal. No. 20744
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Respondent could not successfully defend against the charge of, while doing two related audits, failing in each audit, to test the internal controls associated with the accounting system of each entity.

Alan Barry Goldman, North Woodmere, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 038335; Cal. No. 20743
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 24 months, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against the charge of, while doing two related audits, failing in each audit, to test the internal controls associated with the accounting system of each entity.

Yaakov Nagar, Bat-Yam, Israel

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 079728; Cal. No. 20701
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Contempt in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Frank J. Russo, Forest Hills, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 043736; Cal. No. 20795
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Theft of U.S. Postage, a class C felony.

Lawrence M. Schiff a/k/a Lawrence Schiff, Getzville, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 053014; Cal. No. 20873
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 5 year suspension, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Computer Fraud.


Social Work

Catherine Grace Smith, Rochester, NY

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 059704; Cal. No. 20638
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to maintain an accurate patient record.


Veterinary Medicine

Robert James Corona, West Babylon, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 006850; Cal. No. 20150
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to record the temperature of a dog.

Jason Michael Heller, Great Neck, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 007426; Cal. No. 20273
Regents Action Date: September 12, 2003
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 36 month suspension, execution of last 27 months of suspension stayed, probation for last 27 months.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 4th Degree, a class C felony; Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 4th Degree, a class C felony and Aggravated Harassment in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.


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Last Updated: October 14, 2009
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