March 26, 2010

Guilty plea in Texas ambulance health care fraud

Shamelessly stolen, verbatim, from The Associated Press
March 25, 2010, 12:38PM

DALLAS — An ex-supervisor with two Dallas-area ambulance services has pleaded guilty in a bogus claims investigation over transporting dialysis patients.

Shaun Outen of Aubrey faces sentencing June 16 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

Prosecutors say the 32-year-old former employee of two companies, Royal Ambulance Services Inc. and First Choice EMS Inc., entered his plea Wednesday. Outen faces up to five years in prison, plus could be fined $250,000 and required to make restitution.

Investigators say Outen, who also was an emergency medical technician, was director of operations during parts of 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Outen acknowledged conspiring with two co-defendants, who face trial in April, to defraud Medicare and other federal programs. Prosecutors say nearly $1.6 million in fraudulent claims were submitted, resulting in payments of more than $500,000.

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6 Comments:

Old NFO said...

Hopefully they will spend a few years with "Bubba" for a roomie...

S PHILLIPS ART said...

Wonder if the visit Old Sparky shared with Mickey D's Happy Meal billboard is still up in Huntsville...

Mule Breath said...

NFO, Hopefully more will fall. One of the paths to saving U.S. healthcare is to stop some of the $60 billion annual fraud perpetrated by subhuman garbage like these fine citizens.

S Phillips, I always thought that was a spoof. Did it really happen?

S PHILLIPS ART said...

It isn't a spoof. My son wanted to go this huge Microsoft new products educational launch event in Houston since he was in college at the time. I decided to drive back up through Huntsville. Traffic was pretty horrendous because there was an accident so I wasn't reading the bill boards. All of a sudden, my son is flopping around the front seat like a fish on hook in laughter.

Anonymous said...

You know....I think it is a shame that people automatically assume someone is guilty just because they r in the news. For those of you who have never been in this situation, you have NO IDEA how messed up the federal government system is. Stop and think about it people....if you were being charged with a crime like this just because you worked at a place of interest...and the only way out was to plead quilty even if you weren't....wouldn't u take that chance with the possibility of getting next to no jail time? My heart goes out to the people that are wrongfully accused, they are human too and have families. Ultimately it is their families, their wives and children who pay the price for being backed into a corner. God teaches us to give grace and not to judge...some of you should think about that!

Mule Breath said...

Anonymous, you're an idiot.