A former employee of a San Fernando ambulance company was sentenced Monday to three years in federal prison for his role in a scheme that resulted in more than $1.1 million in bogus claims to Medicare.
Aharon Aron Krkasharyan, 54, of Los Angeles, who pleaded guilty in November to one federal count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge George H. Wu to pay a portion of about $484,000 in restitution to Medicare, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Krkasharyan worked as the quality improvement coordinator for Mauran Ambulance Inc., an ambulance transportation company operating in the greater Los Angeles area that provided non-emergency services to Medicare beneficiaries, many of whom were dialysis patients.
Krkasharyan admitted that between June 2011 and April 2012, he conspired with other Mauran employees to submit claims to Medicare for ambulance transportation services for individuals who did not need such services. Krkasharyan also admitted that he and his co-conspirators instructed Mauran emergency medical technicians to conceal the patients’ true medical conditions by altering paperwork and creating fraudulent reasons to justify the ambulance services.
Krkasharyan was charged along with Toros Onik Yeranosian, 55, the former owner of Mauran; Oxana Loutseiko, 57, the former general manager of Mauran; and Maria Espinoza, 47, a former employee of a Los Angeles dialysis treatment center.
Yeranosian, Loutseiko and Espinoza each pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing, as is the former dispatch supervisor at Mauran, Christian Hernandez, 37.
According to documents filed in Los Angeles federal court, Mauran submitted more than $28 million in claims to Medicare. Krkasharyan’s co-defendants admitted that at least $6.6 million of those claims were false and fraudulent claims for medically unnecessary transportation services, and Medicare paid at least $3.1 million on those bogus claims, court papers show.
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