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D.A.: Podiatrist Charged in $84,000 Medical Billing Scam

Fraudulent medical bills submitted to health insurance companies.

A Bardonia podiatrist has been charged with theft and falsifying business records in an $84,000 medical billing scam, according to Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe.

Dr. Laura Piluso, 44, of 3 Meadow Terrace, Chester, NY, who is a licensed podiatrist at Rockland Podiatry in Bardonia, is accused of submitting hundreds of fraudulent medical bills to health insurance companies including Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Oxford, GHI and Medicare from February 2011 to March 2012.

Zugibe said Piluso is also accused of filing the fraudulent medical bills through her own medical billing company so she could cheat Rockland Podiatry out of its share of her billing. The theft, Zugibe said, was uncovered by another doctor at Rockland Podiatry.

Piluso was charged with second-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records after an investigation by the Rockland County District Attorney's Special Investigations Unit. She was arraigned in Clarkstown Town Court in New City and released pending a Jan. 16, 2013, hearing.

The charges, Zugibe said, carry penalties of up to 15 years in state prison.

svfire1717 December 23, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Dr piluso and another doctor from the practice tottaly botched my surgery. Its been 8 months and i cant walk normally.
svfire1717 December 23, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Dr. Piluso and a fellow doctor from the practice botched my surgery. It has been 8 months and i still cant walk normally. I was recently told that i might not walk without pain or a limp again, its not a great thing to hear when you are only 26. On top of it when i went back to get answers i was told that they were both fired for stealing. Anyone who can defend this peice of garbage should feel the pain that i feel everyday.
ej December 25, 2012 at 02:28 PM
What a shame!
Sandra Bottex January 16, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Omg!! She is my moms & my Dr. For many many yrs!!!! How is it possible? She is so nice & kind! I can not believe this is happening! I wonder if she is been set up??
Jim Popell January 23, 2013 at 04:17 PM
This is tragic, but it is the fastest way to clean up our medicare debt situation. If enough docs are caught the level of fraud will go down.

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