Flora Mounessa,DDS husband, Shahram Sharif then and now.
According to Great Neck, NY District Attorney, the couple defrauded Medicaid out of $70,000, but this couple did it with a “twist”, not seen much here on DTM.
This couple underreported income and assets to obtain benefits. Dr. Flora must not be well schooled on the proper defrauding of Medicaid by dentists or this is the new “bonus” system.
According to reports, the couple actually had income of $2.74 million during the 5 year period. Just looking at the numbers it might look like they left out some zeros on their reports. I don’t know, and this is just a guess, but I bet there was some other Medicaid defrauding going on over at the dental clinic. Take a look at the “store front”, looks more like a pawn shop to me.
Flora Mounessa, 39, and Shahram Sharif, 45, both of Great Neck, were each charged with one count of second-degree welfare fraud, one count of second-degree grand larceny, and one count of first-degree offering of a false instrument for filing.
The couple is accused of underreporting their assets enough to be able to claim Medicaid benefits for themselves and their daughter. They allegedly reported an annual income between $23,400 and $31,200.
Between January 2005 and October 2010, the defendants received $70,193.64 in benefits. During that time, Mounessa worked as a dentist and Sharif was self-employed, buying and selling real estate. Their jobs raked in $2.74 million over the five years they were given benefits.
The couple was arrested and charged Friday after an investigation.
If convicted, the couple faces possible 15 years in prison, plus restitution and fines. The smallest consequence they could face is a conditional discharge, said the DA.
They were released by a judge and put on probation until they return to court March 11.