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Houston DA: Medicare ignores evidence of fraud

Between 2005 and 2010, Medicare records show that at least $488 million was paid to non-emergency Harris County ambulance providers

By Terri Landford
The Houston Chronicle

HOUSTON — Harris County prosecutors complained to federal Medicare authorities for at least two years that rampant fraud involving private ambulances across the region was costing taxpayers millions of dollars, but say their concerns were ignored.

"We have been beating our heads against a wall for two years now," Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos said Monday, a day after the Houston Chronicle reported that Harris County leads the nation in the number of private ambulance companies, vehicles and Medicare payments. "They're totally unresponsive. This is tens of millions of dollars being wasted. This isn't rocket science."

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