Ambulance company, owner indicted for Medicare fraud

A Harrisburg-based ambulance company, along with its owner and a manager, have been indicted by a grand jury in Harrisburg on federal health care fraud charges.

Advantage Medical Transport, Inc. and owner Serge Sivchuk were charged with 14 counts of health care fraud along with conspiracy and false statements, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

EMT and dispatcher supervisor David Paul, 42, of York, was also charged with conspiracy and false statements.

U.S. Attorney Peter Smith said the 26-year-old Sivchuk devised a scheme that defrauded Medicare out of at least $1 million between January 2009 and June 2011.

According to Smith, the company submitted hundreds of claims for ambulance transports to and from dialysis treatment centers that were not medically necessary.

Advantage EMTs were directed to rewrite or prepare ambulance “trip sheets” in a manner that supported the claims, and threatened with reduced hours or termination if they refused, Smith said.

Each fraud count is punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment and $1 million fine. The conspiracy and false statement counts are punishable by up to five years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Smith said the indictment also seeks the forfeiture of Sivchuk's Harrisburg home, Advantage's premises at 733 Fire House Lane, more than $860,000 in six Harrisburg area bank accounts controlled by Sivchuk, plus his 2006 Bentley and 2010 Land Rover.

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