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Thursday, October 23, 2014
Rockville Centre doctor sentenced in LIRR fraud scheme
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To facilitate this fraud, Lesniewski, a board-certified, orthopedist, would prepare fraudulent documentation to create a narrative of disability for his clients. These narratives, which were submitted to the RRB as proof of disability, were fabricated or grossly exaggerated. Lesniewski would receive between $850 and $1,000, often in cash, for the fraudulent assessments, as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in health insurance payments for unnecessary medical tests.

Lesniewski is the second Rockville Centre doctor to be sentenced in the fraud scheme. In January, Peter J. Ajemian, an orthopedist with a practice in Rockville Centre, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and health care fraud. He was sentenced to eight years in prison in May.

Baran worked to further pad the claims of LIRR employees as a “disability consultant.” She would fill out disability applications on behalf of LIRR employees to increase their chances of receiving benefits. She would charge $1,000 — in cash — for this. She hid this income she was receiving from her legitimate disability consultant employer.

Baran’s husband, himself an LIRR employee, receives RRB disability benefits based on an assessment performed by Lesniewski. Baran served as an RRB district manager in Westbury before her retirement in 2006, when she moved to disability consulting.

Lesniewski was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and health care fraud; one count of conspiracy to defraud the RRB; two counts of health care fraud; two counts of mail fraud; and four counts of wire fraud. Baran was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and health care fraud; two counts of conspiracy to defraud the RRB; two counts of health care fraud; two counts of mail fraud; and two counts of wire fraud.

All three defendants will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero on Dec. 13.

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