Man who allegedly killed woman, 3 young sons on Boulevard may plead guilty

Posted: June 06, 2014

THE MAN who allegedly hit and killed a woman and three of her young sons on Roosevelt Boulevard last July might plead guilty in the case, his lawyer said after his client was sentenced yesterday in an unrelated federal case.

"There is a possible guilty plea," attorney Todd Henry said with regard to Khusen Akhmedov, 23, who was allegedly speeding in his Audi S4 on the Boulevard near 2nd Street when he smashed into Samara Banks and her children, who were crossing the Boulevard about 10:30 p.m. on July 16.

Henry said he is in negotiations with the District Attorney's Office about a possible plea. Akhmedov, most recently of Northeast Philadelphia, is charged with third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and related offenses. Henry said he is trying to negotiate a plea to involuntary manslaughter. It was a "terrible accident," he said.

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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