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Feds: ambulance company illegally billed Medicare $3.6M

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An ambulance company operating from Camp Hill and two other Pennsylvania locations has been indicted in federal court on charges involving more than $3.6 million in fraudulent claims submitted to Medicare.

The indictment unsealed Thursday charges Penn Choice Ambulance owner and president Anna Mudrova and six operators with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Penn Choice is based in Philadelphia, but also operated its five ambulances from the 3900 block of Hartzdale Drive in Camp Hill and from Huntington Valley, Pa.

According to the indictment, Mudrova and the others defrauded Medicare since September 2009 by recruiting dialysis treatment patients who were able to walk and could safely travel by other means, and therefore were not eligible for ambulance transportation under Medicare requirements.

Federal prosecutors said the defendants, and others acting on their behalf, falsified reports to make it appear as though the patients needed ambulance transportation.

The patients, who sometimes walked to the ambulance for transport, were paid illegal kickbacks of $100 to $500 a month as part of the scheme, authorities said.

According to the indictment, Penn Choice sometimes carried two patients at a time, and transported one patient who rode in the front passenger seat and smoked cigarettes during the trip.

Mudrova and the operators - identified as Yury Gerasyuk, Mikhail Vasserman, Irina Vasserman, Aleksandr Vasserman, Valeriy Davydchik, and Khusen Akhmedov - all reside in Philadelphia.

Gerasyuk, the husband of Mudrova, transported patients from Camp Hill, while Mikhail Vasserman and his wife Irina managed daily operations from Huntington Valley.

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