Ambulance owner accused of Medicare fraud

Posted: April 11, 2013

Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia on Wednesday accused the owner of an ambulance company that operated in Philadelphia Huntingdon Valley, and Camp Hill, Pa., of submitting $3.6 million in fraudulent bills to Medicare for the ambulance transport of dialysis patients who didn't need it.

The loss to the government was $1.5 million, the indictment said. In addition to the owner, Anna Mudrova, the indictment also named the company, Penn Choice Ambulance Inc., and six operators. Individuals who answered the phone in Huntingdon Valley and Camp Hill said the company had no comment.

The indictment, released by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, said that Penn Choice often transported two patients at once, one sitting on a stretcher and another on a jump seat. The document cited another case in which a patient sat in the front seat and smoked cigarettes on the way to dialysis.

Kickbacks ranging from $100 to $500 per month were allegedly paid to patients to get them to use Penn Choice, even though they could walk and didn't need ambulance services. The alleged fraud occurred from September 2009 through January.

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