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Harrisburg ambulance company pleads guilty

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Harrisburg-based ambulance company has pleaded guilty in federal court to submitting false statements to Medicare.

Advantage Medical Transport, Inc. pleaded guilty Wednesday to 14 counts of false statements in health care matters, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Each count is punishable by up to as much as a $500,000 fine.

Serge Sivchuk, 27, the sole owner of Advantage, entered the guilty pleas on behalf of the company. He and the company headquartered at 733 Fire House Lane had been indicted in January 2012 on multiple false statement and medicare fraud charges.

Sivchuk pleaded guilty in February to a single count of false statements in health care matters and is currently awaiting sentencing.

He was accused in a scheme to defraud Medicare by submitting hundreds of claims for the non-emergency transport of Medicare beneficiaries to and from dialysis treatment centers between January 2009 and June 2011.

Federal prosecutors said the ambulance transports were not medically necessary, and that Sivchuk provided Medicare auditors with dozens of ambulance trip sheets that had been forged to conceal the fact the patients were able to walk and stand.

U.S. District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner will determine the overall loss to Medicare as part of the plea agreement. Federal prosecutors have estimated that the scheme resulted in the loss of approximately $740,000.

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