Two Queens men are among 11 people who allegedly have been tied to a Long Island ambulette company accused of bilking Medicaid of nearly $350,000, according to a statement issued Monday by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Alfonso Mintz, 44, of Rosedale, and Errol McPherson, 38, of Queens Village, were named in connection with a guilty plea by Patricia Clague, 45, owner of Angel Ambulette in Nassau County. Schneiderman announced that Clague has pleaded guilty to felony grand larceny for billing Medicaid for patient trips that never were provided, or were provided by untrained and improperly licensed drivers.
Under the terms of her plea deal, she will serve four months in prison and repay the state $348,000.
“This is unacceptable behavior and those who steal taxpayer dollars off the backs of our most vulnerable citizens will be caught and punished,” Schneiderman said.
Mintz, a dispatcher for the company, and eight drivers already have pleaded guilty to second-degree falsifying business records while acting on the directions Clague and her mother-in-law, Barbara Clague, 78, of Long Island. Barbara Clague worked in a clerical position in the company and has been fined $1,000. Both Clagues have been banned from participating in government healthcare programs.
The eight drivers, all from Long Island, include Lamonte Hatch, 58, Elizabeth McKoy, 51, and Gregory Newson, 45, all of Roosevelt; Stephen Drettler, 73, of Wantagh; Glenda Green, 54, of Uniondale; John Young, 52, of Sayville; David Williams, 39, of Long Beach; and Hector Alicea, 42, of Hempstead.
McPherson and Angela Sutherland of Old Westbury, LI both are accused of falsifying records at the American Safety Institute to reflect that several of Angel’s drivers had attended and completed a mandatory driver’s safety course offered by the company. They face eight felony counts of first-degree falsifying business records and up to four years in prison if convicted.