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Ambulance driver sentenced for Medicare fraud

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Philadelphia ambulance drivers sentenced for Medicare fraud

The Philadelphia Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced today that Yury Gerasyuk, 42, of Philadelphia was sentenced to “to 24 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to defraud Medicare involving Penn Choice Ambulance Inc., located in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania and Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania.” According to court documents, along with Gerasyuk, defendants, “Anna Mudrova, Mikhail Vasserman, Irina Vasserman, Aleksandr Vasserman, Valeriy Davydchik, Khusen Akhmedov, and Penn Choice Ambulance Inc. were indicted and charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and related charges.” Before U.S. District Court Judge Juan R. Sánchez, all the defendants pled guilty and Gerasyuk was the second of those to be sentenced by Judge Sanchez.

According to the indictments, Penn Choice Ambulance Inc., transported patients who were abled bodied and could walk to or take other means of transportation to physician appointments. The acts had been committed during the time of September 2009 through January 2013. Penn Choice then falsified reports to make it appear that the patients needed to be transported by ambulance. Penn Choice billed Medicare for these medically unnecessary services. Due to these acts, Penn Choice caused Medicare to pay more than $1.5 million based on these fraudulent claims. The FBI reports that” defendant Gerasyuk joined Penn Choice in 2009 as an ambulance driver.” He then transported patients who walked to and from the ambulance, and he directed other Penn Choice employees to drive patients to medical appointments even in their personal vehicles. Penn Choice submitted claims to Medicare for ambulance transport for these patients.

Judge Sánchez has ordered defendant Gerasyuk to pay restitution to Medicare and has also imposed a three-year term of supervised release after imprisonment. The court also ordered the forfeiture of any assets traceable to the offense, and in lieu of assets, a money judgment against the defendant of $405,298. The plot to defraud Medicare involved more than $3.6 million in fraudulent claims submitted to Medicare.