LEXINGTON, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – The federal government alleges an ambulance service in Kentucky submitted fraudulent claims that cost federal health insurance programs thousands.
United States of America filed a complaint on Sept. 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Central Division at Lexington against Lee County Fiscal Court and Joseph R. Broadwell citing the False Claims Act.
According to the complaint, the defendants operated an ambulance service in Lee County called Citizens of Lee County Ambulance Service. The plaintiff alleges at Broadwell's direction, the court "defrauded federal health insurance programs by knowingly submitting false claims for nonemergency transports of dialysis patients," the suit states.
As a result of the allegedly false or fraudulent claims presented by Lee County Ambulance, the United States claims federal health insurance programs lost more than $360,000.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks treble damages, interest, costs, expenses, and attorney’s fees. It is represented by U.S. Attorney Robert M. Duncan Jr. and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer A. Williams of the Department of Justice in Lexington, Kentucky.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Central Division at Lexington case number 5:18-cv-00531-JMH