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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2009

New Rochelle Doctor Arraigned on Insurance Fraud Charges

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore, New York State Insurance Department Superintendent Eric R. Dinallo and New York State Workers' Compensation Chair Zachary S. Weiss announced today that Michael Palmeri (DOB 01/17/63) of 1036 Gambelli Drive, Yorktown Heights, New York was arraigned on:

Between March 1, 2004 and April 8, 2006, the defendant, 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 compensation 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 Leo Coletti, a patient the defendant began treating on September 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 Leo Coletti, were false claiming that Leo Coletti was unable to perform work and was not working, while in fact Coletti had a general contracting and home renovation business in Westchester County and was also doing renovations in the defendant's home and office.

The investigation was conducted by the New York State Insurance Department Frauds Bureau, the New York State Workers' Compensation Board and Investigators from the Westchester County District Attorney's office.

Palmieri's next court appearance is scheduled for June 26th, 2009.

He faces a maximum of seven years in state prison.

The charges in the case are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven otherwise by a court of law.

CONTACT: publicinfo@wcb.state.ny.us