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26 counts for Niskayuna man indicted in health insurance scheme

SCHENECTADY — A Niskayuna man was indicted Thursday on charges he operated a straw company that defrauded a state-funded health insurance plan of millions of dollars.

Steven A. St. Lucia, 62, is accused of illegally operating a medical supply company called Union Orthotics and Pedorthics, forging prescriptions, falsifying insurance claims, and issuing inappropriate charges for orthotics and compression stockings in order to obtain more than $4 million over the course of at least five years. He was arrested in December 2018.

A former practicing surgeon, St. Lucia lost his license to practice medicine in 2000 amid charges of gross incompetence, negligence and inappropriate sexual relations with patients. He applied to have it reinstated in 2008, but was denied.

An investigation by the state Inspector General’s Office and State Police found that since at least 2013, St. Lucia was listing family members as the straw owners of his medical supply company in order to evade detection as its true owner. His company visited and set up promotional booths at state facilities — primarily SUNY Upstate Medical University hospital in Syracuse — and solicited employees with the promise of free compression stockings and custom-fit orthotics at no out-of-pocket expense, they said.

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