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Ex-ambulance driver sent to jail for scam

A former am­bu­lance driver was ordered on April 3 to serve two years in fed­er­al pris­on for his role in a scheme to de­fraud Medi­care of mil­lions of dol­lars by trans­port­ing in­eligible pa­tients to med­ic­al fa­cil­it­ies.

Valer­iy Dav­y­dchik, 59, of Phil­adelphia, was one of sev­en people in­dicted by a fed­er­al grand jury in April 2013, along with Hunt­ing­don Val­ley-based am­bu­lance com­pany Penn Choice. The char­ging doc­u­ment al­leged that the con­spir­at­ors sub­mit­ted more than $3.6 mil­lion in bogus am­bu­lance bills to Medi­care, which paid about $1.5 mil­lion in be­ne­fits to the com­pany.

Medi­care rules place strict reg­u­la­tions on the type of pa­tients who are eli­gible for am­bu­lance cov­er­age. However, from Septem­ber 2009 through Janu­ary 2013, Penn Choice routinely trans­por­ted pa­tients for whom am­bu­lance ser­vice was not med­ic­ally ne­ces­sary. Dav­y­dchik joined Penn Choice in 2011 and of­ten drove pa­tients to and from med­ic­al ap­point­ments in his per­son­al vehicle, au­thor­it­ies said. Fur­ther, Dav­y­dchik fals­i­fied re­cords and de­livered kick­back pay­ments to Medi­care be­ne­fi­ciar­ies to in­duce them to choose Penn Choice.

All sev­en de­fend­ants pleaded guilty in the fraud case. The oth­ers are Anna Mudrova, Yury Ger­asy­uk, Mikhail Vasser­man, Ir­ina Vasser­man, Aleksandr Vasser­man and Khusen Akhmedov, who all await sen­ten­cing by U.S. Dis­trict Judge Juan R. Sanc­hez. All were iden­ti­fied as Phil­adelphia res­id­ents. While op­er­at­ing out of a fa­cil­ity on the 3000 block of Franks Road in Hunt­ing­don Val­ley, as well as a fa­cil­ity in Camp Hill, Pa., Penn Choice was in­cor­por­ated at a res­id­en­tial ad­dress on the 9300 block of Neil Road in Somer­ton. ••

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