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Post date: February 9 2000

Bookkeeper Of Brooklyn Shoe Store

Attorney General Spitzer today announced that Oleg Talyansky, a bookkeeper in his father's Brooklyn shoe store, was sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to pay restitution of $100,000 for fraudulently billing Medicaid for wheelchairs that the shoe store never delivered - nor even stocked - and for orthopedic shoes that were never prescribed by a doctor.

"The Medicaid system was designed to assist the needy, not the greedy," said Attorney General Spitzer. "If you steal taxpayer dollars, my message is simple: you will be caught and prosecuted."

Arrested on December 2, 1999, Talyansky pleaded guilty later that month to the felony crime of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree. In entering a guilty plea in Brooklyn Supreme Court before Justice Sheryl L. Parker, Talyansky admitted that, as the bookkeeper for E+G Foot Center, he submitted numerous claims to Medicaid which claimed that the store provided wheelchairs to Medicaid recipients when, in fact, the wheelchairs had never been ordered nor delivered. Talyansky also admitted that he billed Medicaid for orthopedic shoes that were never prescribed by a doctor.

Under Medicaid regulations, wheelchairs and orthopedic shoes must be prescribed by a doctor in order for a medical provider, such as E+G Foot Center, to be reimbursed for providing such items.

Attorney General Spitzer thanked the State Department of Health for its initial referral of the matter.

Talyansky, of 1407 Royce Court in Brooklyn, was employed as a bookkeeper at E+G Foot Center. The store is owned by his father, Leonid Talyansky, and is located at 1212 Avenue U, in Brooklyn.

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Mark Cannon, of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. All cases are filed under the direct supervision of Deputy Attorney General Jose Maldonado.