Federal grand jury indicts Center EMS officials for health care fraud

Shon Cooper (Source: San Augustine County Jail)
Shon Cooper (Source: San Augustine County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A federal judge has unsealed an indictment against a married couple who owned an EMS service based out of Center and a supervisor of the same company accused of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid.

Cathy Harvill, 56, of Elgin, William Harvill, 59, of Elgin, and Shon Cooper, 42, of Nacogdoches, are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and 13 counts of health care fraud.

The indictment alleges the three conspired from January 2007 to March 2012 to make false claims through Medicare and Medicaid by using the ambulance services when it was not necessary.

The indictment explains the three submitted claims for ambulance services when another form of transportation could have been used without endangering the patient's health, when the patients were not bed-confined, when there was no documentation that the patients' conditions were such that other means of transportation were contraindicated or when their conditions were such that an ambulance was not required.

According to the indictment, the Harvills owned North East Texas EMS and Cooper supervised the Nacogdoches office of the company.

Counts 2-13 alleges the company billed Medicaid and Medicare between $777 and $1,057 under false representation.

A federal marshal arrested Cooper on Tuesday. It is not known if the Harvills were ever taken into custody.

Cooper worked for San Augustine County EMS until the day he was arrested. However, EMS Director Charles Sharp said he fired Cooper the day he was arrested.

Cooper's arraignment and the Harvills' jury selection are each scheduled for Aug. 5.

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