HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY—A Harrisburg based ambulance company, its owner and a managerial employee are indiced by a Federal Grand Jury in Harrisburg on health care fraud charges. Advantage Medical Transport, Inc, in the 700 block of Fire House Lane, and owner, 26 year old Serbe Sivchuk, of Harrisburg, face 14 counts of Health Care Fraud, one count of Conspiracy, and 14 counts of False Statements in Health Care Matters. Company dispatcher, 42 year old David Paul, of York, was charged with Conspiracy and 14 counts of False Statements in Health Care Matters.
The indictment alleges that between January 2009 and June 2011, Adavantage and Sivchuk devised and perpetrated a scheme to defraud Medicare out of at least $1,000,000 by submitting hundreds of claims for the non-emergency transport of Medicare beneficiaries to and from dialysis treatment centers. The indictment alleges the claims were fraudulent because the patients were able to walk and the ambulance transports were not medically necessary.
The indictment also seeks the criminal forfeiture of Sivchuk's Harrisburg home, Advantage's business premises at 733 Fire House lane, $860,972 in six Harrisburg area bank accounts controlled by Sivchuk, plus Sivchuk's 2006 Bentley and 2010 Land Rover.
Each Health Care Fraud count is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $1,000,000 fine. The Conspiracy count and each False Statement count is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and $1,000,000 fine.