Khusen Akhmedov. Credit: PPD
The man serving jail-time for killing a mother and her three young children crossing Roosevelt Boulevard while speeding in July 2013 was sentenced today for an unrelated health care fraud.
Khusen Akhmedov, 23, was sentenced to 27 months and ordered to pay $582,665 in restitution for submitting false claims to Medicare through Penn Choice Ambulance Inc., the office of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Zane Memeger.
Akmedov was speeding on the Boulevard in a 2012 Audi on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 around 10:30 p.m. when he struck Samara Banks, of Feltonville and her four sons, with whom she was crossing the street. Banks and four of the children, 4-year-old Saa'deem Griffin, 23-month-old Saa'sean Williams, and 7-month-old Saa'mir Williams, all died as a result of the crash.
Banks' 5-year-old son Saa'yon Griffin was with the victims but was not hit directly and survived the crash, reports say.
Akhmedov still faces three murder charges for the crash, which was first reported as occurring due to "drag-racing" between Akhmedov and Ahmen Holloman, 30.
However, at an October preliminary hearing, murder charges were dropped against Holloman, who claimed he was not speeding but simply driving nearby in his 1994 Honda on the Boulevard when Akhmedov sped by and struck Banks and her children. Holloman also reportedly was the person to first call 911 after the crash.
Akhmedov's federal charges relate to $3.6 million in fraudulent claims submitted to Medicare by Penn Choice Ambulance Inc., where Akhemdov worked.
Previously charged in the fraud were owner Anna Mudrova, operators Yury Gerasyuk, Mikhail Vasserman, Irina Vasserman, Aleksandr Vasserman, and Valeriy Davydchik, all of whom have pled guilty.
Penn Choice allegedly transported patients to hospitals when they could have safely been brought to hospitals by other means, federal prosecutors said. Penn Choice made illegal payments to patients who agreed to participate, then charged Medicare for the service of transporting the patients to the hospital.
As a result of the fraud, prosecutors said, Medicare suffered losses of more than $1.5 million.
Akhmedov is scheduled to appear in the Philadelphia Criminal Justice Center for a pretrial conference regarding his murder case on Wednesday, June 11.