A 35 year old Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is facing up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and other penalties for creating false run sheets or trip reports that were used to bill Medicare and Medicaid for ambulance services.
The EMT pleaded guilty to health care fraud after government investigators discovered a scheme by his employer, Brotherly Love Ambulance, Inc., to submit false claims to Medicare and Medicaid.
The EMT was accused of creating run sheets or trip reports indicating that patients needed ambulance services, when he knew that they were able to walk or to be transported by less expensive wheelchair vans. The false run sheets resulted in Medicare and Medicaid paying his employer for ambulance transports that were not medically necessary.
Unfortunately, this EMT went along with the scheme. If he had sought legal advice, he would have learned not only that he was putting himself at risk, but also that he could earn a large reward for reporting the fraud.
Under the False Claims Act, an individual who helps the government prevent Medicare or Medicaid fraud is entitled to a reward of up to 30% of the amount the government recovers. In this case, the EMT could have earned a reward of as much as $600,000. Instead, he is now facing the possibility of spending the next 10 years in prison.
Do not go to prison for your employer’s fraud. If you suspect that your employer is submitting false claims to government healthcare programs, then you should consult with an experienced Medicare and Medicaid fraud attorney immediately.
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