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FBI shuts down 'ambulance mafia' used to scam disabled man

An EMT and his wife convinced the victim an ambulance mafia would kill him if he didn’t pay up, and had him fake injuries that resulted in a medical flight in a bizarre scam

By EMS1 Staff

MONROE, N.Y. — A 26-year-old developmentally disabled and partially deaf man was scammed out of $60,000 in a bizarre case where a couple convinced him an ambulance mafia would kill him if he didn’t pay up.

The FBI has charged John Naudy, 28, and his wife Nicole Naudy, 27, with a felony count of harassment or intimidation, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, the Record Online reports. 

Over the course of two years they are accused of injecting the unnamed victim with drugs in order to steal money; creating a fictional organization called the ambulance mafia; convincing him to fake injuries that resulted in a medical helicopter flight; and forcing him to cross dress.

According to a complaint filed in federal court, Nicole and the victim when to high school together, and the couple befriended him online. They would get him drunk, inject him with drugs, and he would wake up the next day to find money withdrawn from his bank account, but had no memory of making the withdrawals, the documents say.

John Naudy is a registered nurse and EMT who worked as a shift manager at Campbell Rehabilitation Center, the Record Online reports. He also ran a life-support business from his home, which included CPR training and advanced cardiovascular life support.

An elaborate story

The complaint says they also convinced him to dress as a woman and lie down in the middle of the road and play dead as part of a “dance contest” to impress “Taylor,” a girlfriend who he communicated with on Facebook.  

When he did so, an ambulance arrived that was driven by John Naudy. Nicole Naudy told the victim he gave a fake name and date of birth to the paramedic, which was illegal. To keep the ambulance company from filing a complaint, he owed $390,000, she told him.

She also convinced him that the ambulance company was owned by an Albany, N.Y.-based mafia that would kill him and his dog, and cut his mother with a chainsaw if he didn’t pay, the Record Online reports. The couple put him on a payment plan of $200 per week, and then raised it to about $3,000 per month, according to the complaint.

An unnecessary med flight

At one point, Nicole Naudy told him the ambulance mafia needed him to create a distraction so it could conduct a drug deal. He let her scratch him, withdraw blood from his body and splatter him with it. He was airlifted in an unconscious state to Westchester Medical Center.

The FBI did not reveal how it got involved with the case, but the investigation led to recorded conversations between the victim and the Naudys that included discussions of the payments to the ambulance mafia, and what would happen if he didn’t pay.

A hearing for the case has been scheduled for Sept. 13 at 9 a.m.

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Matt MacDonald Matt MacDonald Friday, August 08, 2014 11:08:31 AM Truly bizarre. Also, you guys really need a proofreader.
Topher Jones Topher Jones Friday, August 08, 2014 11:34:09 AM Who the hell wrote this article. Is this the level that we have sunk to as a society, where a serious story is given the editorial oversight of a late-night, drunken text message? Not that EMS1 had much credibility to begin with, but if this is the quality of writers you are hiring, you may want to consider sticking to your regular jobs.
Margaret Calamusa-Aponte Margaret Calamusa-Aponte Friday, August 08, 2014 11:44:40 AM Unfortunately this is a true story, a disgusting, sick story , but true. These animals live less than 10 mins away from me.
Rex Moates Rex Moates Friday, August 08, 2014 12:25:33 PM Oh gotta hear those
Rick Shuffler Rick Shuffler Friday, August 08, 2014 1:14:33 PM Don't know which was more Naudy, the animals who commited the crime, our the one who wrote this story. Good lord, what has the world come to.
Richard A Neill Richard A Neill Friday, August 08, 2014 1:33:11 PM It really amazes me the bizarre things people can come up with. Glad the perpetrators were caught.
April Broad April Broad Friday, August 08, 2014 1:56:34 PM Hum thats all I have to say
Willie Ray Willie Ray Friday, August 08, 2014 2:12:07 PM Morons
Willie Ray Willie Ray Friday, August 08, 2014 2:14:06 PM Who knew a ambulance mafia existed
Mark Dickerson Mark Dickerson Friday, August 08, 2014 2:52:24 PM Can't trust anyone, nobody will call 911 for EMS
Jim Sutton Jim Sutton Friday, August 08, 2014 3:01:11 PM There isn't a hole deep enough for scum like this - whn they get out of prison hopefully they will never hold a license again.
Breach Duty Breach Duty Friday, August 08, 2014 3:15:52 PM I have heard worse stories than this of paramedics .................Get all the skumbags off the streets!!!
Randi Parsell Randi Parsell Friday, August 08, 2014 3:39:42 PM Losers. Glad they were caught.
Jay Ackerman Jay Ackerman Friday, August 08, 2014 3:46:52 PM WTF is wrong with people and yeah the article looks like I wrote it.
Corey Gibson Corey Gibson Friday, August 08, 2014 4:47:54 PM Have known them for a long time. worked with him for years.
Brian Goldblum Brian Goldblum Saturday, August 09, 2014 8:43:53 AM I only have 2 things yo say WTF & EDP's
Anne Castioni Anne Castioni Saturday, August 09, 2014 9:48:30 AM Five years is not enough time for these animals.
Ian R Frankel Ian R Frankel Saturday, August 09, 2014 6:53:13 PM Great story, first Amish Mafia now Ambulance Mafia. Sounds like a new reality series.
Abbott Homestyle Grill Abbott Homestyle Grill Saturday, August 09, 2014 6:57:20 PM I am certain there is a special place in hell for individuals such as those who are spoken of here.
Karen Jarrell-Robinson Karen Jarrell-Robinson Sunday, August 10, 2014 2:51:17 AM There's a special place in hell for people like this!!! I am thoroughly disgusted.
Marie Dickey Marie Dickey Sunday, August 10, 2014 9:21:58 AM This does hit a big low. There should be some kind of legislation passed similar to hate crime laws where they can charge them for scamming n addition to other charges. You know that he will never get his money back from these assholes. But I have a big question: who was tending to his money? People with conditions like that usually have a conservator appointed by the court or were these folks conservators for him? Just curious.
Kevin Wright Kevin Wright Thursday, August 14, 2014 11:29:21 AM Hope John Naudy Nicole Naudy are found guilty and the Judge orders a repayment as apart of there sentence. Not nice to take advantage of the disabled.
Dana Lynn Wilson Dana Lynn Wilson Friday, August 22, 2014 3:50:03 AM Is this real?! God this is some terrible shit
Joey Gaudioso Joey Gaudioso Friday, August 22, 2014 3:52:08 AM I'm in Monroe, NY. x:

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