2 former Center EMS officials sentenced 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 sentenced a Center man and Elgin woman for their roles in an ambulance company health care fraud conspiracy.

Shon Everett Cooper, 43, was sentenced to five years probation and must pay $93,421.74 in restitution. Cathy Messer Harvill, 57, will serve 27 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. She must also pay $787,407.61 in restitution.

Sentencing for Harvill's husband, William Morris Harvill, 50, of Elgin, has been continued.

All three conspired from Jan. 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.

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