April 30, 2003
Posted at: 3:46 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A Jonesboro ambulance company and two managers were found guilty of Medicare fraud Wednesday, and the company owner was acquitted on a conspiracy charge.
The jury announced its decision after days of deliberation in the fourth week of the trial.
Convicted were Patient Transfer Service general manager Kevin Wise and office manager Shirley Wallace. Owner Don Wise was acquitted.
Prosecutors accused the company and its managers of conspiring to bill Medicare and Medicaid for transporting dialysis patients to and from clinics even though the patients didn't need ambulance services.
Defense attorneys argued the patients did need to ride an ambulance to and from dialysis and the company billed based on its interpretation of Medicare and Medicaid rules.