For release on June 7, 2012
CONTACT:
Christopher Kwok, Deputy District Attorney
Insurance Fraud Unit
Economic Crimes Group
(408) 792-2916        FAKE SAN JOSE EYE DOCTOR SEES CHARGES   A 73-year-old man was arrested on a warrant this week after a joint investigation by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and the California Department of Consumer Affairs discovered that he was giving eye examinations and doling out prescriptions without a required license.   Arrested Wednesday, June 6, 2012, Valery Dobrushin, of San Francisco, has been charged with five felonies involving insurance fraud and two misdemeanors involving prescribing eyeglasses without a license and giving eye exams without a license. He operated out of small eye care store in San Jose. His alleged actions caused an estimated loss exceeding $11,300 to five health insurance carriers.   If convicted of all counts, the defendant faces a maximum of 11 years in county jail and would be ordered to pay full restitution.   “Licensed optometrists and ophthalmologists are the only people qualified to examine your eyes and make prescriptions,’’ said Christopher Kwok, the deputy district attorney prosecuting the case. “The defendant seems to have believed that he was somehow exempt from the law and risked the eyesight of hundreds of trusting patients.’’   To protect the health of Californians, an optician is limited to analyzing and to interpreting eye prescriptions, and determining what type of lenses best meet a person’s needs. Dobrushin, who formerly owned and operated Val’s Optical in San Jose, is an optician.   Between January 2009 and January 2012, investigators determined that Dobrushin gave more than 300 patients eye exams, all illegal under the law. He billed insurance companies for some of the exams. Last year, he provided an undercover investigator with eyeglasses based upon the prescription obtained during an illegal eye exam. The officer is near-sighted.   ###

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