Ex-ambulance official gets suspended sentence

December 13, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The former owner of a Southern Maryland ambulance company received a 30-month suspended sentence yesterday in Towson for defrauding Medicare of $224,000.

Scott Houston, 34, who owned Physicians Ambulance Co. of LaPlata, admitted filing claims in 1993 that misrepresented the destinations of ambulance trips and inflated the number of trips. He sometimes put up to four patients into one ambulance and billed Medicare as if they were taken on separate trips, state officials said.

The state attorney general recommended the suspended sentence to Baltimore County Circuit Judge John O. Hennegan because Houston agreed to cooperate in a statewide investigation of ambulance fraud.

Pub Date: 12/13/97

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