Pa. ambulance firm, officials face fraud charges

    Federal prosecutors have charged a suburban Philadelphia ambulance company and its top officials in what they allege was a scheme that cost the Medicare and Medicaid programs more than $2.5 million in improper payments.

    An indictment unsealed yesterday charges MedEx Ambulance Inc. of Feasterville and owners Aleksandr and Sergey Zagorodny with 41 counts of health care fraud, false statements, wire fraud and conspiracy.

     

    Ex-director of clinical affairs Matthew Bold was charged with health care fraud and aiding and abetting. Prosecutors allege that the company transported patients who didn’t need ambulances but falsified documents to indicate that they were.

    Attorneys for Aleksandr Zagorodny and Bold didn’t return calls seeking comment. Sergey Zagorodny’s attorney, Patrick Artur, said “We intend to defend this case and the case will be tried in a courtroom.”

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