Doctor sentenced to 8 years in LIRR fraud case - MyFoxAustin.com | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather, Sports

Doctor sentenced to 8 years in LIRR fraud case

Posted: Updated:

NEW YORK (AP) - An orthopedist has been sentenced to eight years in prison for scheming to help Long Island Rail Road employees receive disability payments by exaggerating or making up ailments.

Dr. Peter Lesniewski was sentenced Friday in Manhattan federal court for his role in the LIRR disability fraud scheme.

Prosecutors said Lesniewski diagnosed fake ailments for LIRR employees so they could receive disability benefits they weren't entitled to.

They said Lesniewski got about $1,000 for each patient he assisted. They said he also received hundreds of thousands of dollars in health insurance payments for unnecessary medical treatments.

In addition to his prison sentence, the 63-year-old Rockville Centre resident was ordered to pay $70.6 million in restitution and forfeit $70.9 million in assets.

Lesniewski did not speak at his sentencing.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Long Island NewsLong Island NewsMore>>

  • Long Island youth charged with assaulting mother

    Long Island youth charged with assaulting mother

    Sunday, July 20 2014 3:02 PM EDT2014-07-20 19:02:37 GMT
    An 18-year-old Long Island man has been charged with assaulting his mother in a home where his brother was found dead.
    An 18-year-old Long Island man has been charged with assaulting his mother in a home where his brother was found dead.
  • Friday Night Live: July 18, 2014

    Friday Night Live: July 18, 2014

    Friday, July 18 2014 10:27 PM EDT2014-07-19 02:27:23 GMT

    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: Angie Martinez, Red Bull Global Rallycross, Baruch Shemtov, and James Briscione and Brooke Parkhurst of The Couples Kitchen.

    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: Angie Martinez, Red Bull Global Rallycross, Baruch Shemtov, and James Briscione and Brooke Parkhurst of The Couples Kitchen.

  • Pilot lands plane on Sunrise Highway -- again

    Pilot lands plane on Sunrise Highway -- again

    Friday, July 18 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-07-18 23:07:26 GMT
    For the second time this month, a pilot has had to land his troubled single-engine plane on the same highway in Suffolk County, police said. Frank Fierro took off from Lufker/Spadaro Airport in East Moriches Friday afternoon but very quickly had to make an emergency landing on Sunrise Highway at about 12:50 p.m. because of engine trouble, police said.
    For the second time this month, a pilot has had to land his troubled single-engine plane on the same highway in Suffolk County, police said. Frank Fierro took off from Lufker/Spadaro Airport in East Moriches Friday afternoon but very quickly had to make an emergency landing on Sunrise Highway at about 12:50 p.m. because of engine trouble, police said.
Powered by WorldNow

KTBC FOX 7
119 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 476-7777
Fax: (512) 495-7001

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices