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Medical transport firm operates without comp in New York

July 13, 2017, Binghamton, NY — A husband and wife from Binghamton who operated a transportation company pleaded guilty Thursday in a Medicaid fraud case tied to their business operations.

Kenneth Cohn, 69, and Sharon Cohn, 65, will be sentenced Sept. 29 in Broome County Court. In October 2015, they were charged by the New York State Attorney General's Office with obtaining more than $1 million in Medicaid payments while operating Yellow Medi-Van and Taxi, Inc., without workers' compensation insurance.

Under the plea agreement, Kenneth Cohn is expected to spend 5 years on probation and Sharon Cohn will be receive a conditional discharge. Their attorney, Richard Harrow of Albany, said they both voluntarily pleaded guilty.

The Cohns operated the company from June 2012 to January 2014 in violation of Broome County transportation regulations, including not having worker’s compensation insurance, state prosecutors said.

Harrow said all the services were rendered, the trips were made, but during that time the company did not have workers' compensation.

The couple's company received payments from the Medicaid Program for transporting Medicaid beneficiaries to medical appointments in Broome County, prosecutors said.

"This husband and wife's theft from taxpayers was enabled through a trail of fraud and deceit that purposefully misled regulators and left their own employees exposed and vulnerable," state Inspector General Leahy Scott said in a statement Thursday.

Kenneth Cohn pleaded guilty to a felony count of second-degree grand larceny and a workers' compensation law violation of effect of failure to secure compensation.

Sharon Cohn admitted to a misdemeanor count of second-degree offering a false instrument for filing.

As a result of both convictions Yellow Medi-Van and Taxi, Inc. forfeitted $455,604 of the funds from Medicaid. They also entered into a settlement agreement for an additional $50,000.

Source: Press Connects

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