NYC dentist accused of assaulting neighbors, damaging property

NYC dentist in an upscale Chelsea condo building is accused of assaulting his neighbors and destroying property with a baseball bat – as residents fear violent behavior will end in a ‘murder-suicide’

  • Surveillance video obtained by NBC4 shows Dr Michael Medeiros, 50, attacking one of his neighbors last week on the street near their building in Chelsea 
  • Other footage from the building shows Medeiros allegedly screaming at neighbors, banging on doors and throwing items inside the building 
  • He has been arrested multiple times and has been captured on surveillance video being taken into custody by police on at least one occasion
  • Medeiros has multiple court dates set for next month for charges including property damage, criminal trespass and illegally entering a dwelling 
  • His lawyer says Medeiros has been falsely accused. DailyMail.com’s calls seeking comment from Medeiros have gone unanswered 

A New York City dentist has been accused of terrorizing neighbors in his upscale Manhattan apartment building by allegedly assaulting people, slashing tires and damaging property with a baseball bat. 

Surveillance video obtained by NBC4 shows Dr Michael Medeiros, 50, apparently attacking one of his neighbors last week on the street near their building in Chelsea. 

Other footage taken inside and outside the building shows Medeiros allegedly screaming at neighbors, banging on doors and throwing items inside the building. 

Medeiros, who runs a nearby dental clinic, has been arrested multiple times and has been captured on surveillance video being taken into custody by police on at least one occasion.

Dr Michael Medeiros, 50, , who runs a nearby dental clinic, has been arrested multiple times and has been captured on surveillance video being taken into custody by police on at least one occasion

Dr Michael Medeiros, 50, , who runs a nearby dental clinic, has been arrested multiple times and has been captured on surveillance video being taken into custody by police on at least one occasion

Medeiros has multiple court dates set for next month for charges including property damage, criminal trespass and illegally entering a dwelling.

Medeiros runs a nearby dental clinic in Manhattan's West Village. He is pictured above in an undated photos

Medeiros runs a nearby dental clinic in Manhattan’s West Village. He is pictured above in an undated photos

His lawyer says Medeiros has been falsely accused. 

DailyMail.com’s calls seeking comment from Medeiros have gone unanswered. 

Residents, including Mary Conway-Spiegel and Bob Spiegel, say they have called police on Medeiros multiple times over his alleged aggressive behavior. 

They claim that the violence has become so bad that it will end in a ‘murder-suicide’. 

DailyMail.com has contacted the New York Police Department for comment.

Medeiros was arrested again on Monday after allegedly threatening to kill Spiegel and biting the building’s security guard on the hand. 

Surveillance video from November 21 shows Medeiros allegedly punching Spiegal as he emerged from a parking garage near their condo building. 

A passerby could be seen trying to intervene as Medeiros allegedly hit his neighbor.  

Surveillance video from November 21 shows Medeiros allegedly punching one of his neighbors as he emerged from a parking garage near their condo building

Surveillance video from November 21 shows Medeiros allegedly punching one of his neighbors as he emerged from a parking garage near their condo building

Other footage taken inside and outside the building shows Medeiros allegedly screaming at neighbors and banging on  fire escape doors

Other footage taken inside and outside the building shows Medeiros allegedly screaming at neighbors and banging on 

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Black Dentist Says NYPD Accused Him of Breaking Into His Own Office

A video posted by the New York Post shows a Black dentist allegedly being profiled by New York City police, accusing him of breaking into his own Manhattan practice.

According to documents filed with the city comptroller, a Black Manhattan dentist states that cops racially profiled him as they accused him of breaking into his own office in March, per the $5 million notice of claim against the city and supplied surveillance video.

According to the Post report, Dr. Benjamin Shirley, 41, had come back into his Upper West Side office after throwing out the trash around midnight on March 9. The video shows multiple cops shining lights inside, demanding Shirley identify himself. 

Shirley spoke through the intercom, but the cops threatened to break into the office despite telling them he was the owner. Per documents, two cops “attempted to unlawfully gain entry to the building by force and repeatedly called [Shirley] threatening to destroy his property and enter with force if he did not come outside despite the fact that at all times, they lacked any probable cause or reasonable belief that [Shirley] had committed any crime.”

The dentist’s lawyer, Reza Rezvani, told the Post: “They were threatening to break in, they were threatening to break down the security equipment, they were threatening to break down the door and go inside.”

Shirley can be seen calling what the documents say was 911, out of fear for his life.

The video show Shirley actively avoiding the police at his door. “Despite the fact that [Shirley’s] state-issued identification lists the address of the location of incident, [Shirley] was forced to provide his identification to [the police officers] multiple times before they would agree to leave,” the claim papers state.

“It’s midnight, he’s Black, they are shining flashlights inside—that’s how you set up all kinds of bad things happening,” Rezvani said. “To casually walk out, it’s not possible in that scenario. What happened to him is common and it shouldn’t be. The idea that this could happen to a man going to his office because of his skin color is outrageous.”


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Doctor accused of unnecessary surgeries, altering medical records defends himself as an ‘advocate for my patients’

NORFOLK —Javaid Perwaiz, the obstetrician-gynecologist accused of performing unnecessary sterilizations, billing for phantom medical procedures and inducing healthy pregnant women to deliver for his convenience, testified this week that he altered consent forms and changed due dates to benefit his patients, not line his pockets.

Perwaiz, who is charged with dozens of counts of health fraud, told jurors in U.S. District Court that he ignored congressionally mandated regulations requiring patients to wait 30 days after signing a sterilization consent form by having them sign an undated form. Instead, he backdated the forms, sometimes performing sterilizations within days of seeing a patient.

“Yes, I knew the 30-day requirement. I just couldn’t say no,” he said from the witness stand Thursday. “I’m an advocate for my patients.”

He said he performed the sterilizations in contradiction to the requirement to benefit his patients. Often, they had discussed sterilization with doctors who referred them. They told him, he testified, that their insurance would run out if he waited or that they could not get a ride or a babysitter on other dates. Asked during cross examination if he could name which of the patients in the indictments told him that their insurance was running out, Perwaiz could not.

Backdating forms is part of three broad categories of charges against Perwaiz. Prosecutors say he altered medical records to justify unnecessary surgery, often scaring women by mentioning the threat of cancer. They allege he changed due dates so he could induce women into labor on the Saturdays he was operating on other patients at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. And they contend he billed insurers for office medical procedures done with broken equipment.

He is also charged with falsifying his application to health-care providers by omitting a felony conviction for tax fraud in 1996, which resulted in a brief suspension of his license, and failing to admit his loss of privileges at Maryview Hospital in 1983. Perwaiz, 70, has been jailed since his November arrest.

[doctor is accused of years of unnecessary hysterectomies. The women who trusted him want answers.]

In a full day of testimony, Perwaiz, led by defense lawyer Emily Munn, defended the care he gave to the two dozen patients named in the 61 counts against him. In case after case, she broadcast his medical charts and the form he filed with Chesapeake Regional Medical Center before surgery. The charts were identified by the initials of the women prosecutors charge he operated on unnecessarily — D.B., D.P., A.G., T.D.C., A.F., A.N. S.N., D.B.D — and by their age and the complaints they wrote down, which several women who testified previously said were false.

In case after case, Perwaiz explained that the complaints by the women — often pelvic pain, bleeding and cramping — justified his procedures. Often, he said, women asked him to be sterilized. In none of the cases of women named in the indictments, Perwaiz said, did he refer them to other doctors after finding evidence of cancer.

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Javaid Perwaiz, ob/gyn accused of unnecessary procedures, testifies

“Yes, I knew the 30-day requirement. I just couldn’t say no,” he said from the witness stand Thursday. “I’m an advocate for my patients.”

He said he performed the sterilizations in contradiction to the requirement to benefit his patients. Often, they had discussed sterilization with doctors who referred them. They told him, he testified, that their insurance would run out if he waited or that they could not get a ride or a babysitter on other dates. Asked during cross examination if he could name which of the patients in the indictments told him that their insurance was running out, Perwaiz could not.

Backdating forms is part of three broad categories of charges against Perwaiz. Prosecutors say he altered medical records to justify unnecessary surgery, often scaring women by mentioning the threat of cancer. They allege he changed due dates so he could induce women into labor on the Saturdays he was operating on other patients at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. And they contend he billed insurers for office medical procedures done with broken equipment.

He is also charged with falsifying his application to health-care providers by omitting a felony conviction for tax fraud in 1996, which resulted in a brief suspension of his license, and failing to admit his loss of privileges at Maryview Hospital in 1983. Perwaiz, 70, has been jailed since his November arrest.

In a full day of testimony, Perwaiz, led by defense lawyer Emily Munn, defended the care he gave to the two dozen patients named in the 61 counts against him. In case after case, she broadcast his medical charts and the form he filed with Chesapeake Regional Medical Center before surgery. The charts were identified by the initials of the women prosecutors charge he operated on unnecessarily — D.B., D.P., A.G., T.D.C., A.F., A.N. S.N., D.B.D — and by their age and the complaints they wrote down, complaints several women who testified previously said were false.

In case after case, Perwaiz explained that the complaints by the women — often pelvic pain, bleeding and cramping — justified his procedures. Often, he said, women asked him to be sterilized. In none of the cases of women named in the indictments, Perwaiz said, did he refer them to other doctors after finding evidence of cancer.

During cross examination by Elizabeth Yusi, an assistant U.S. attorney, Perwaiz said due dates for patients were changed not for his convenience so he would be paid for the deliveries, but because he relied on a “range” of possible dates from several ultrasound examinations. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Chesapeake hospital guidelines advise against inducing labor before 39 weeks without a medical reason, saying it leads to health problems for the baby. Chesapeake Regional Medical Center prohibited inducing labor before 39 weeks without a medical reason.

Perwaiz said his own research indicated no reason for that policy. “There is no difference in immediate morbidity and mortality” he told Yusi. “I find it not understandable that we enforce

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