New York State Police recently collaborated with various federal, state and local agencies to conduct an investigation of a transport service accused of defrauding Medicaid. The investigation spanned two years. Upon completion, New York officials arrested thirteen transport drivers. The prosecution has accused the drivers of fraudulently charging the government for their services.
The accused face both state and federal charges.
More on the charges: The government has accused the arrested of billing Medicaid for millions of dollars in transportation service costs. These services were either not medically necessary or never delivered. Earlier this week, two of the accused chose to enter a plea deal.
The details are as follows:
- Accused #1: The first man to take the plea deal agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges for Conspiracy to commit Health Care Fraud and Conspiracy to Defraud the United States and to Pay Health Care Kickbacks. Both crimes are felonies. The accused has agreed to pay the state of New York $550,000 in restitution. He will return for sentencing and faces up to ten years imprisonment and additional monetary fines.
- Accused #2: The second man agreed to take a plea deal for misdemeanors. The deal includes a required $20,000 restitution payment.
The other individuals after completion of the investigation face similar charges.
Lesson for ambulance and medical transport companies: Federal, state and local agencies are aggressive about pursuing allegations of health care fraud. The investigation can do more than just hurt your business’ reputation, it can also make it difficult to continue operations. Those who are facing these allegations are wise to take action to protect their interests. An attorney experienced in Medicare and Medicaid fraud investigations can provide counsel, working to help better ensure your business operations can continue and that your legal rights are protected during the investigation.