PHOENIX (AP) _ A private ambulance company that provides services in New York and roughly 20 other states has agreed to pay the federal government more than $2.8 million to resolve civil allegations that the business defrauded Medicare.
John Leonardo, U.S. Attorney for Arizona, says that over a four-year period from 2007 to 2011, various ambulance companies owned by Rural/Metro Corporation billed Medicare for numerous emergency patient transportation trips when the calls were not emergencies, leading to substantially higher payments from Medicare for the services.
Leonardo says the $2.8 million settlement represents ``a substantial recovery for taxpayers.'' He says the federal government will continue to go after companies that submit false claims.
Rural/Metro does not admit wrongdoing under the settlement. In a statement, the company says it agreed to pay the government to avoid expensive litigation.