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.
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.
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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We are reaping exactly what we sow.
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“I have consulted with the authorities within the police force who are responsible for arresting the criminal. We have certain processes we have to follow. Police will take the first step to approach the prosecutor general who will approach the Americans. The process has already begun.” (Oppah Muchinguri, Zimbabwe Minister of Environment)
In the city of Harare the Zimbabwe government has voiced its first official comment on the killing of that country’s most famous lion. The Environment Minister, Oppah Muchinguri, said this at a highly anticipated press conference:
“Unfortunately it is too late to apprehend the foreign poacher. He had already absconded to his country of origin, We are appealing to the responsible authorities for his extradition to Zimbabwe so that he be held accountable.”
Earlier in the week Doctor Walter Palmer responded to the uproar by stating once again through his attorney that he had relied on the safari guides he’d hired to follow proper permit procedures to make the hunt a legal one. The guides – one a property owner near the game sanctuary and the other a professional hunter – were arrested last week on felony poaching charges and are now out on bail. The killing of the lion has generated worldwide outcry. In fact, in Bloomington Minnesota, Palmer’s dental clinic has remained closed because the doctor has gone into hiding.
A White House petition requesting that Palmer be extradited to Zimbabwe may receive a response from the Obama administration. The petition needed to receive 100,000 signatures by August 27 to get a response. It had more than 175,000 signatures by Friday afternoon.
The U.S. State Department confirms that as of the year 200, the United States and the Republic of Zimbabwe do have an extradition treaty protocol.
The killing and beheading of Cecil the lion hit headlines across the globe after the carcass was found on July 3. Palmer is believed to have shot the lion with a crossbow on July 1 on a farm near Hwange National Park, and then tracked the bleeding animal for nearly two days before killing him.
“500,000 people are calling for his extradition and we need this support. We want him tried in Zimbabwe because he violated our laws,” Muchinguri said.
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