Mission ambulance company owner pleads guilty in health care fraud scheme

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The owner of Vic’s Texas Transport, Inc. has been convicted of health care fraud and aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Victor Lee Gonzalez, 28, of Mission, entered his guilty plea today before Chief U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa.

As part of the plea, Gonzalez admitted he submitted claims with Medicare and Texas Medicaid for reimbursement of ambulance transportation services that were not provided.

To further execute his scheme to defraud, Gonzalez used the Texas Medicaid number of a patient to submit false and fraudulent billings to Texas Medicaid.

The aggregate sum of the false and fraudulent claims submitted by Gonzalez was $1,080,213 to Medicare and Texas Medicaid. As a result of those fraudulent claims, Medicare and Texas Medicaid paid approximately $458,904.45.

Sentencing has been set for Nov. 30, 2015. At that time, Gonzalez faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison without parole and a possible $250,000 fine. For the aggravated identity theft, he also faces an additional 24 months in prison which must be served consecutively to any other prison sentence imposed. Gonzalez, whose bond was previously revoked in the case, will remain in custody pending that hearing.

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