Ambulance company owner pleads guilty to fraud

Posted at 7:09 PM, Jan 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-12 19:09:56-05

CINCINNATI -- The owner of a company that provided transportation for dialysis patients pleaded guilty Tuesday to health care fraud and money laundering, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Terry Johnson, 42, of Hamilton, Ohio, fraudulently billed $1.1 million Medicare for his Community Angels Ambulance Service, U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart said in a news release.

Johnson also operated an ambulance company, Starlite Transportation. Medicaid lost more than $356,000 to the two companies, Stewart said.

Johnson's fraudulent bills came in over the course of about seven years, Stewart said.

The Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Ohio Attorney General's Office also helped in the investigation, Stewart said.

Johnson could be sentenced up to 10 years in prison on each of the two counts, Stewart said.