Grand jury indicts pair for ambulatory fraud

A federal grand jury has indicted the owners of a Jasper ambulance company for 75 counts of fraud.

Claudette and Robert Read are charged with billing more than $1.6 million in fraudulent bills to Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

According to the indictment, the Reads transported patients by ambulance when it wasn't needed for more than 3 years between 2004 and 2007.

They allegedly instructed employees to omit references to wheelchair to insure a "paid" run and submit all claims, even ones they knew did not qualify for reimbursement, in case Medicare and Medicaid would pay the claim, among many other charges.