Insurance Fraud NEWS
Ambulance firm bills for needless rides in California
April 16, 2018, San Fernando Valley, CA
A former San Fernando Valley ambulance company employee was sentenced Monday to three years in federal prison for his role in a more than $1 million dollar Medicare fraud scheme.
Aharon Aron Krkasharyan, 54, was also ordered to pay $484,556 in restitution, after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
Krkasharyan was a “quality improvement coordinator” for Mauran Ambulance Inc., a San Fernando Valley-based private ambulance company that provided non-emergency services to Medicare beneficiaries throughout the greater Los Angeles area, primarily those on dialysis.
As part of his plea deal, Krkasharyan admitted to conspiring with other employees from June 2011 through April 2012 to submit Medicare claims for ambulance rides for patients that didn’t need the service, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Federal prosecutors also allege that Krkasharyan and other employees altered paperwork to “conceal the patients’ true medical conditions.”
Also charged in connection to the alleged fraud were Toros Onik Yeranosian, 55, who owned Mauran, Oxana Loutseiko, 57, who was the company’s general manager, Christian Hernandez, 37, who worked as a dispatch supervisor, and Maria Espinoza, 47, a former employee of a dialysis treatment center. They have all pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Source: Los Angeles Daily News