Geistown woman accused of stealing billing money, police say.


Sept. 14 – A Geistown woman is on trial charged with stealing more than $34,000 by withholding bill payments from the company that contracted her company’s services, authorities said.

Debra Ann Iachini-Lux, 64, of the 200 block of Walters Avenue, on Wednesday waived her right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Susan Gindlesperger, of Stonycreek Township.

According to an affidavit of a complaint, Fyzical Therapy & Balance in Windber, formerly Stroz Physical Therapy, contracted with Laurel Highlands Medical Consultants Inc., in Richland Township, on Jan. 16, 2017, to handle medical billing, including processing of credit card payments.

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The contract was terminated on September 11, 2019, after anomalies were reported, spanning 29 months, the Windber company said.

Iachini-Lux, owner of LHMCI, is accused of collecting payments of $34,084 but failing to transfer the money to the physical therapy company.

The company is demanding a refund of $43,313.38, including $8,000 for a forensic audit by Wessel & Co., of Johnstown.

Iachini-Lux claims her innocence and the case will be resolved at the provincial level, her lawyer Michael Filia said.

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Richland Police Captain Rick Pollino accused Iachini-Lux of theft by failing to provide required funds and receiving stolen property.

She is out on bail.