Sentenced: Man Received $3.6 Million From Medicare Running Bogus Ambulance Companies

HOUSTON — According to federal prosecutors, a Houston man has landed a six year prison sentence for operating several fake ambulance companies that fraudulently collected $3.6 million in Medicare payments. 

48-year-old Julian Kimble was convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and was also ordered to pay back the money collected. He pleaded guilty to the charges in November of 2011 after being accused of operating four bogus ambulance companies in the Houston area from 2008 – 2010. 

Prosecutors say Kimble amassed the $3.6 million by routinely billing the federal Medicare program for ambulance transports that never happened, were not needed, or not ordered by a treating physician. These unnecessary transports were provided in vans and sedans.  

Kimble apparently also received kickbacks from the owners of mental health centers in exchange for giving patients rides to their facilities.