N.Y. Pizza Shop Owner Faces Workers Comp Fraud Charges

March 8, 2004

New York’s Superintendent of Insurance Gregory V. Serio announced that the owner of Village Pizza & Burger, located at 156 North Main Street in Spring Valley, N.Y., has been arrested and charged with insurance fraud, falsifying business records, and submitting fraudulent workers’ compensation documents.

Yuri Milshtein, a resident of New City, was arrested Friday by the Clarkstown Police Department and his business has been closed. He allegedly submitted false workers’ compensation documents stating that he was a sole proprietor and had no employees.

A joint investigation, led by the Department’s Insurance Fraud Bureau, the Clarkstown Police Department, and the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board – Office of the Fraud Inspector General, revealed, however, that Milshtein did indeed employ two workers and that “the fraudulent documents were an attempt to avoid paying into the workers’ compensation system.”

The bulletin also indicated that he “submitted fraudulent insurance documents and falsified business records to substantiate this scheme, and faces charges on these accounts as well.”

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