On Friday, United States Attorney Deirdre M. Daly announced that a 45-year-old Stamford woman had been sentenced to 12 months and one day imprisonment for using an identity theft victim’s information to submit fraudulent bills to prison insurance companies offering dental insurance. Court documents show that 45-year-old Elena Ilizarov served as the officer manager for Advanced Dentistry.
From 2005 to 2016, the defendant billed 37 private dental insurance companies for services supposedly performed by an identity theft victim for patients of the company. In reality, the victims never received those services. The identity theft victim was a dentist that was previously affiliated with Advanced Dentistry. However, he retired fully in 2011.
Ilizarov earned more than $1.2 million by billing in the name of the identity theft victim. Private insurance companies paid approximately $581,729 to Advanced Dentistry for services supposedly provided by the retired dentist from 2011 to 2015. In return, the insurance companies issued 1099 forms to the IRS for the retired dentist. To keep the scheme going in 2015 and 2016, Ilizarov renewed the victim’s Connecticut dental license and controlled substance registrations.
She had also applied for and obtained liability insurance for the retired dentist for several years. The defendant was arrested on June 21, 2016. She pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud on March 13, 2017.