Monday, June 1, 2009


Westchester County, New York District Attorney Janet DiFiore, announced that Michael Palmieri (DOB 01/17/63) of Yorktown Heights, New York was arraigned on:

one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony,
one count of Fraudulent Practice, a violation of Workers’ Compensation Law, a class “E” Felony.

Between March 1, 2004 and April 8, 2006, the defendant, reportedly acted in concert with Leo Coletti, a former New York State Correction Officer who plead guilty in 2006 to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree and Filing a False Tax Return, of falsely claiming injury and receiving worker’s comp benefits of approximately $40,170 from The New York State Insurance Fund.

In January 2002 the defendant, a doctor whose offices are located at 108 Van Guilder Avenue, New Rochelle, New York, commenced preparing and presenting false Attending Doctors Reports, (C-4 forms), on behalf of Coletti, a patient the defendant began treating on Sept. 29, 2000 for an injury Coletti incurred on June 8, 2000 while working at Sing Sing Prison.

The C-4s, which were presented to the New York State Insurance Fund by the defendant on behalf of Coletti, were false claiming that Coletti was unable to perform work and was not working, while in fact Coletti reportedly had a general contracting and home renovation business in Westchester County and was also doing renovations in the defendant’s home and office.

Palmieri’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 26th. He faces a maximum of seven years in state prison.

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