Insurance Fraud NEWS
Ambulance firm threatens lives of investigators in New Jersey
June 17, 2019, Delran, NJ
The former chief of the Delran Emergency Squad from Cinnaminson has been sentenced to 30 days in Burlington County Jail for falsifying patient care reports and then submitting the fabricated records to insurance providers as part of a scheme to collect money for services that were not billable, authorities announced on Monday.
Donald Horner, 67 formerly of Cinnaminson, previously pleaded guilty to third-degree insurance fraud and third-degree tampering with public records, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said. He also received three years of probation. Coffina called the sentence appropriate, even though the state had been seeking 364 days in jail.
"Notwithstanding the defendant's long period of commendable public service, his commission of these offenses while in PTI for other offenses demonstrates nothing but sheer arrogance," Coffina said. "This sentence reflects appropriate accountability for the defendant's doubling down on his criminal activity."
Horner's certification expired on Dec. 31, 2016, according to the prosecutor's office. Uncertified EMTs aren't allowed to serve as crew members on transorts. Authorities allege that Horner did anyway, and that he altered 27 reports to hide the fact that he did.
Horner then threatened the lives of investigators with the New Jersey Department of Health, Office of Emergency Management who learned of his alleged behavior and opened an investigation, according to the prosecutor's office.
Investigators then returned with Delran police a few days later, according to nj.com. They were immediately denied access, which was ultimately granted after they informed the squad's president that restricting access amounted to hindering the investigation.
The state shut down the Delran Emergency Squad because Horner didn't have his certification and was trying to thwart the investigation. Horner resigned shortly thereafter.
Further investigation revealed that 11 of the altered reports were submitted to insurance companies for $4,307 in compensation, Coffina said.
Horner must make restitution and forfeit his Emergency Medical Technician certification for life. Horner must also perform 200 hours of community service and pay a $1,300 fine, Coffina said.