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South Texas couple convicted of Medicare and Medicaid fraud

South Texas couple convicted of Medicare and Medicaid fraud

I wonder, How long did it take the U.S. Attorney's office to unveil this? I am sure, TOOOOO LONG!!!!!

Associated Press - April 14, 2008 3:05 PM ET

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A former South Texas county commissioner and his wife have been convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud for billing Medicare and Medicaid $14 million in false claims from their ambulance companies.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Monday that Guadalupe Garces Jr., a former Hidalgo County commissioner, and Araceli Garces used their Edinburg ambulance companies to transport people to and from dialysis clinics when ambulance transport was not necessary.

Once Medicare and Medicaid stopped reimbursing A-Stat Ambulance Inc., the couple formed A-Care E.M.S. Inc. in the name of their 20-year-old son.

Both face up to 10 years in prison, a maximum $250,000 fine and restitution.

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