Woman Steals Ambulance; Crashes Ambulance; Burns up Ambulance -Unfortunately Lives Anyway

A 37-year-old woman was arrested this week for stealing an ambulance in San Francisco and then crashing it on the Treasure Island exit ramp during a police chase.

The woman, identified as Veronica Barahona, jumped into the San Francisco Fire Department Paramedic Unit at about 8:00 Tuesday Morning on Mason Street and took off at high speed through city streets, said Officer Grace Gatpandan, a San Francisco police spokeswoman.

 The ambulance had been left running while Paramedics responded to an emergency call for service at the Ambassador Hotel.

San Francisco Police used the vehicle’s GPS tracking system to locate the driver as she careened through city streets and sideswiped multiple cars vehicles. Barahona led police on a chase over the bottom deck of the Bay Bridge, police said, where she took a hard left turn onto the Treasure Island  off-ramp. She lost control of the ambulance and slammed up and over a concrete barrier. Their it burst into flames. That was when the crazed woman jumped out and ran, police said.

She was quickly caught and booked into San Francisco County Jail.




Houston ‘Ambulance’ Owners Charged in Massive Insurance Scam

The operators of KMD Healthcare Services in Houston Texas were handcuffed and taken to jail on May 24 on multiple Healthcare Fraud charges.  


According to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson,  KMD owner Melvin Davies, age 28, and his brother Kevin Davies, age 27, illegally billed Medicare and Medicaid for ambulance transportation for years. It is believed the scam brought in nearly $6,000,000.

Federal prosecutors announced they are bringing a 20-count fraud indictment against the two. They believe the men perpetrated a health fraud conspiracy, by billing the government-funded health programs for ambulance services that were not medically needed and – in many cases – never actually happened.

 Investigators  learned that the Davies brothers  conducted an unprofessional transportation business out of their home, and falsified bills that indicated licensed ambulances were used, when in fact they moved patients in basic vans.

They also billed Medicare and Medicaid for services that were not detailed on ambulance run reports, which are legally required, to document patient’s symptoms and what treatments were provided during the trip to the hospital. They also inflated transportation mileage, according to prosecutors.

The brothers could get 10 years in federal prison and fines of $250,000.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service‘s Criminal Investigation and the Texas attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

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