Attorney: Canfield man’s scheme cost company $2 million

Peter Luchansky

CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – The U.S. Marshals Service arrested Peter Luchansky, 59, of Canfield Wednesday after an FBI investigation alleged that he stole money from a Stark County company through white collar crime, according to court documents.

According to an affidavit filed by the FBI in federal court Tuesday, Luchansky billed his employer, Spectrum Orthopedics, for old computer parts, often for much more than their worth, then used his administrative privileges as information technology manager to approve the purchases.

One of the companies which was billing Spectrum, Healthcare Information Technology Services, LLC, was registered to Luchansky’s wife Margaret, according to the document.

Another company, Strategic Technical Systems and Services, did not actually exist, according to the FBI’s investigation. Two addresses listed for STSS correspond to addresses for Attorney Albert Palombaro who is listed as representing Luchansky, the FBI alleges.

Luchansky bought the computer parts and sold them at inflated prices to the company, then traveled to different Spectrum locations to swap out the parts, according to a statement by Palombaro to the FBI listed in the affidavit.

An attorney representing Spectrum originally told the FBI on Aug. 14 that Luchansky’s actions cost the company about $2 million. An FBI review showed that from 2005 through 2014, HITS billed Spectrum for approximately $2.3 million.

According to the FBI affidavit, Luchansky had hardware for backing up computer data at his home on Steeplechase Drive in Canfield which the FBI seized.

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