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January 13, 2017

Posted  January 17, 2017

Massachusetts-based ambulance company Medstar Ambulance Inc., including four subsidiary companies and its two owners, Nicholas and Gregory Melehov, agreed to pay $12.7 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims to Medicare for ambulance transport services. According to the government, Medstar routinely billed for services that did not qualify for reimbursement because the transports were not medically reasonable and necessary, billed for higher levels of services than were required by patients’ conditions, and billed for higher levels of services than were actually provided. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by Dale Meehan, a former employee in Medstar’s billing office. Mr. Meehan will receive a whistleblower award of roughly $3.5 million. DOJ

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