A former ambulance employee in California was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison for his role in a scheme that stole over $1.1 million from Medicare.
Aharon Aron Krkasharyan, 54, of Los Angeles, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge, who also ordered Krkasharyan to pay $484,556 in restitution to Medicare, jointly and severally with his co-conspirators, who await sentencing.
Krkasharyan pleaded guilty on November 27, 2017, to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
Krkasharyan was employed as the Quality Improvement Coordinator for Mauran Ambulance Inc, of San Fernando, California, an ambulance transportation company operating in Los Angeles area that provided non-emergency services to Medicare beneficiaries, many of whom were dialysis patients.
As part of his plea agreement, Krkasharyan admitted that between June 2011 and April 2012, he conspired with other employees to submit fraudulent claims to Medicare for ambulance transportation company for persons who did not need such services. Krkasharyan also admitted that he and his accomplices instructed Mauran emergency medical technicians to conceal the patient’s true medical conditions by altering paperwork and creating fraudulent reasons to justify the ambulance services.
Ex-ambulance employee Krkasharyan was accused along with Toros Onik Yeranosian, 55, the former owner of Mauran Ambulance Inc, Oxana Loutseiko, 57, the former general manager, and Maria Espinoza, 47, a former employee of a Los Angeles dialysis treatment center. Yeranosian, Loutseiko, and Espinoza each pleaded guilty and are pending sentencing. The former dispatch supervisor at Mauran, Christian Hernandez, 37, who was previously accused in the case, has also pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.
According to court documents, during the conspiracy, Mauran Ambulance Inc 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. Medicare paid at least $3 million on those false and fraudulent claims.