The U.S. attorney in New York arrested and charged a man tied to an organized crime family for falsely obtaining health insurance and submitting fraudulent medical claims. In both the criminal indictment and the press release announcing Gelardo's arrest, the U.S. Attorney described him as a soldier in the Luchese organized crime family but did not detail any further alleged mob links.
Thomas "TJ" Gelardo, 61, of Tuckahoe, N.Y., was charged with nine criminal counts for allegedly conspiring with Brooklyn urologist Jude Barbera, M.D., 48, who was convicted in 2003 of similar charges. Gelardo was to be arraigned Friday and could not be reached for comment. According to the indictment, Gelardo falsely claimed on federal income tax forms from 1995 to 2000 that he was a employed by Barbera and as a result obtained healthcare coverage and benefits from a union. Subsequently he allegedly filed false medical claims for himself and his daughter.