Ex-ambulance company owner enters guilty pleas

July 15, 1999|By Laura Cadiz | Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF

A former ambulance company owner pleaded guilty yesterday to felony Medicaid fraud and felony Medicare theft for his role in a scheme to steal more than $440,000, the state Attorney General's Office said.

Gary Jefferson, 37, of the 7200 block of Chippenham Place, pleaded guilty before Baltimore County Circuit Judge Kathleen G. Cox. Jefferson was sentenced to 18 months in jail on each count.

Jefferson is the former owner of Care Plus Ambulance Service, Inc. and Care Plus Care Ambulance Services, Inc., formerly of the 8200 block of Liberty Road.

Jefferson was ordered to pay restitution of $166,179.22 to the Medical Assistance Program, representing three times the amount of money stolen from the program, and $388,955.67 to Medicare.

According to the statement of facts filed by the state, Jefferson routinely submitted claims to Medicare and Medicaid for reimbursement for ambulance transportation services, falsely claiming that the patients transported were non-ambulatory or on stretchers.

By law, the Medicare and Medicaid programs pay only for ambulance transportation services when the patient is non-ambulatory or must be transported on a stretcher.

Ronald High, Jefferson's business partner, is scheduled to go on trial Monday in Baltimore County.

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