Friday, September 14, 2007

Is this the BEST THE DOJ can DO?

On August 28, 2007, a federal grand jury indicted the former operations director of A-Care EMS Inc. on charges that he sent fraudulent claims to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to pull in more money.

The indictment, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, claims Rodney Lee Ramos, 34, of Weslaco, instructed emergency medical technicians to transport patients for dialysis who were not confined to bed."

According to the indictment, Ramos worked as an EMT coordinator for A-Stat Ambulance Services Inc., which was owned by Guadalupe Garces Jr. and Araceli Garces. Medicaid and Medicare placed a vendor hold on that ambulance provider -- withholding payment to the company -- after federal agents determined that the owners were defrauding the federal and state health insurance programs.

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