A Greenwich police officer has been placed on administrative leave after the department learned he was part of an ongoing criminal investigation.
Officer Michael Mastronardi, who has been with the department for 18 years, was placed on paid administrative leave earlier this week after the Department was notified by the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney of an ongoing criminal investigation involving him, said Greenwich Police Lt. John Slusarz.
Mastronardi, of Shelton, was arrested on Wednesday, Aug. 7, on charges of larceny and health insurance fraud, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice.
He is accused of billing the Medicaid program for work as a personal care assistant that he never performed, including the time he claimed to have put in when he was actually working as a Greenwich police officer, the department said.
Mastronardi, 45, was an enrolled provider in the Personal Care Assistance (PCA) program, a federal and state-funded Medicaid program that allows eligible participants to hire others to assist with their daily care.
Between August 2014 and April 2019, Mastronardi allegedly billed Medicaid and was paid for PCA services that he did not provide, including times he was working as a Greenwich police officer, the arrest warrant states.
He was paid about $57,278 for false claims, the warrant alleges.
Mastronardi was released on a $100,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 21.
The police department's Internal Affairs unit is also conducting an investigation into the charges, Slusarz said.
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