‘Brotherly Love Ambulance’ driver charged with Medicare fraud

An ambulance driving through the streets of Philadelphia.

Credit: Rikard Larma, Metro

A second defendant has been charged in the Medicare fraud case of a Bustleton ambulance service that is charged with falsifying paperwork about the clientele it served.

Neel Jackson, 35, a former driver at Brotherly Love Ambulance, Inc., was charged with health care fraud today, for his role in a company-wide fraud, federal prosecutors said.

Feda Kuran, charged in April 2013, was part of a scheme to defraud Medicare by falsifying medical paperwork regarding the patients transported by the ambulance company. She has since pled guilty.

Jackson, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at the company, allegedly participated in the fraud by transporting patients by ambulance when those patients could have been transported safely by other means, such as public transit or walking, prosecutors say.

Medicare and Medicaid requirements limit which types of patients can be transported in ambulances to those who require ambulance service for transport.

Jackson is also accused of falsifying paperwork to represent that patients did in fact require ambulance services, when allegedly he knew otherwise, leading to the company receiving fraudulent payments from Medicare.

Prosecutors say that Medicare paid more than $200,000 in inappropriate bills due to Jackson’s actions. The entire Brotherly Love Ambulance company allegedly bilked Medicare of $2 million.

Prosecutors also say Jackson gave envelopes filled with cash to patients to persuade them to be transported by Brotherly Love, or to get them to continue relying on Brotherly Love’s services.

If convicted, Johnson could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Kuran is awaiting sentencing.

Kuran’s co-schemer has not been identified or charged in this case.

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