Another driver, Ahmen Holloman, who did not hit the victims, was also charged in the case. There were allegations that the two men, who did not know one another, were racing.
Akhmedov, a former emergency-medical technician, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Juan Sanchez to two years, three months in prison for defrauding Medicare when he worked at Penn Choice Ambulance Inc., in Huntingdon Valley, from July 2011 to March 2012.
He was one of seven people indicted. The company, Penn Choice, was also indicted. All pleaded guilty. Akhmedov was the third person to be sentenced.
Born in Russia, Akhmedov came to this country in 2004 and is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He lived in Lancaster with his parents, but had most recently been living in Philadelphia with his wife. He has a 3-year-old son, who is living in Russia with his maternal grandmother.
About 15 family members were in court to support Akhmedov.
He told the judge he was remorseful in the Medicare fraud case.
"I would love to take this chance to express my sincere apologies," he said, adding: "I've had an especially privileged upbringing. But I've ignored the example [my family] set for me and I am ashamed."
While working at Penn Choice, Akhmedov recruited dialysis patients to ride in the company's ambulances when those patients did not need such services. He falsified documents about the patients, and he paid illegal kickbacks to patients so they would ride in the ambulances. The defendants billed Medicare for the rides.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Beth Leahy said Akhmedov "was not some innocent rube caught up" in the fraud. He "wanted to live a gangster-type of lifestyle," she contended.
The judge also ordered Akhmedov to pay restitution, with others, of $582,665 to Medicare and to serve three years' supervised release after his imprisonment.
Akhmedov also has a conviction in a Lancaster County case. On July 8, he was driving recklessly when he passed a motorist and waved his EMT badge out of his window, impersonating a police officer. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in that case.
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