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Letter: Plastic surgeon is paid in cash?

Former NYPD police officer Rafael Astacio, of Copiague,

Former NYPD police officer Rafael Astacio, of Copiague, runs out of federal court in Central Islip on Thursday, June 26, 2014. Astacio pled guilty Thursday in federal court in Central Islip to being a member of a sophisticated burglary ring that did $10 million worth of jobs. Credit: James Carbone

Rafael Astacio, a former detective for the New York City Police Department, has admitted guilt to burglary ["Ex-detective admits to role in burglaries," News, June 27]. The legal system will carry on from here.

What dumbfounded me was the theft of $2 million in cash from the office of a Woodbury plastic surgeon. Really? With credit cards and wire transfers, do enough patients pay in cash that it is wise or necessary to have this much kept in an office?

Is it a judgment on society that, for plastic surgery's endowment and enhancement, there can be no paper trail of treatment? Or is something else happening? I have no knowledge of this doctor's clientele or practice, so this is pure conjecture. But I find it fascinating. Should we hope the IRS reads Newsday?

Judith Upright, Locust Valley
 

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