State says Sitrin overcharged for dental exams by $14,000

NEW HARTFORD — The director of the Sitrin Medical Rehabilitation Center is accused of overcharging the state Medicaid by more than $14,000.

James A. DeYulio was indicted Wednesday on one count of third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony. He is scheduled for arraignment before County Court Judge Barry M. Donalty on Dec. 6.

An indictment is a formal charge made against a person by a grand jury. It does not establish guilt or remove the presumption of innocence.

The state Attorney General’s Office said that, under DeYulio’s direction, Sitrin violated the Medicaid guidelines for scheduling non-emergency dental examinations. Authorities said Sitrin scheduled patients for multiple appointments for cleanings, x-rays and other routine services, when they were supposed to schedule all of those dental procedures in the same appointment. This allowed Sitrin to charge Medicaid for the multiple visits, violating their efficiency agreement, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Authorities said that Sitrin also failed to provide the proper documentation for requesting multiple dentist appointments.

The Attorney General’s Office said Sitrin filed false Medicaid claims seeking reimbursement from the Computer Sciences Corporation, the fiscal agent of New York State. Authorities said Sitrin received $14,597.97 between Nov. 3, 2007 and May 26, 2010.

DeYulio is represented by defense attorney William J. Dreyer, of Albany. Calls to Dreyer’s office were not returned.

The Sitrin Medical Rehabilitation Center is located at 2050 Tilden Ave., New Hartford. It has been in operation since 1951.