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Alleged phony doc accused of sex assault

August 25, 2008 12:36:30 PM PDT
New York City prosecutors accuse a businessman of pretending to be a doctor and paying women to undergo gynecological exams as part of a phony insurance survey.Zalman Silber was indicted on charges of sexual abuse and unauthorized use of a professional title. He was arraigned Monday in Manhattan state Supreme Court.

The alleged crimes occurred at a Park Avenue medical office in 2003 and 2004.

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau says the victims - all Orthodox Jewish women in their late 20s - were told they would get paid about $100 to participate in an insurance survey or examination.

Earlier this month, Silber, a resident of Monsey, N.Y., was accused of "aiding and abetting" in a similar scheme in Rockland County. His lawyer did not immediately return a call for comment.

Silber created the New York Skyride at the Empire State Building, which simulates a bird's-eye tour of New York City. He reportedly sold it for $9 million.

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