April 23, 2003
Posted at: 8:45 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Prosecutors have rested their case against three Jonesboro ambulance company managers accused of conspiring to use dialysis patients to defraud Medicare and Medicaid.
Defense lawyers immediately asked U.S. District Judge James Moody to dismiss charges for lack of evidence. He says he will rule on that and other motions tomorrow morning, when jurors were instructed to return and begin hearing defense testimony.
On trial are Patient Transfer Service owner Donald Wise, general manager Kevin Wise and office manager Shirley Wallace.
Prosecutors say the company illegally billed Medicare and Medicaid for driving patients to and from dialysis treatment when those patients had alternate modes of transportation.
They say the programs should only pay for dialysis patients to ride in an ambulance if their health is so frail any other method would harm them.