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Salamanca teacher-chiropractor accused of health care fraud

SALAMANCA -- Leo Kronert Jr., 40, a Salamanca private chiropractor and math teacher for the Salamanca City Central School District, sought payment from both the Medicare system and private insurance companies for health care services he claimed to have provided recently, U.S. Attorney’s Office in Buffalo reported.

He was charged with criminal health care fraud and making false statements and then arraigned in Buffalo before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah McCarthy.

Kronert was accused of making false payment claims for services on family members over a five-year period, Assistant U.S. Attorney Maura O’Donnell said. If convicted as charged, Kronert faces a maximum 10-year federal prison term and a fine of up to $250,000, according to the prosecutor.

After the arrest, Salamanca School District Superintendent Robert J. Breidenstein issued out a statement confirming that Kronert is a tenured math teacher in the district but because the criminal case is “a personnel matter, no further comments will be made.”

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