New Jersey ambulance operator charged in $8 million scheme

A New Jersey ambulance owner faces healthcare fraud charges for billing Medicare and Medicaid for the past decade despite being barred from billing federal and state healthcare programs in 2003, according to the United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey.

Imadeldin Awad Khair was previously convicted of healthcare fraud and excluded from billing Medicare and Medicaid for a minimum of 11 years. However, Khair concealed his involvement as the operator of K&S Invalid Coach since 2005, which provided beneficiaries regular transportation to dialysis treatment. Medicare paid the company $6.5 million for claims dating back to September 2011, and Medicaid has paid more than $1 million since January 2010. In 2014 alone, K&S received more than $2.6 million from Medicare. New Jersey has been recognized as an ambulance fraud hotspot, where the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services established a pre-certification program in order to root out fraud. Announcement