Doctor Gets 2 Years, 4 Months In Prison For Fraud

The former owner of a private ambulance company has been sentenced to serve two years and four months in federal prison for Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

Dr. Janet Johnson-Hunter of Jacksonville must also pay a $10,000 fine and pay back $428,924 to Medicare and $46,165 to Medicaid.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Johnson-Hunter pleaded guilty in 2009 to conspiring to conceal material facts in connection with the delivery of and payment for health care benefits, items, and services.

They say between January 2002 and August 2005 the doctor instructed employees at Coastline Care, Inc. to conceal facts in an effort to maximize the likelihood of reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid.

The feds say for the most part, Medicare and Medicaid will not cover non-emergency ambulance transportation. They say the doctor told staff to re-write medical records so that the company could receive those reimbursements.

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