Owners of Chicago medical transport company sentenced for $4.7 million healthcare deceit.
Gregory Toran owned IBT Transportation LLC. with Tina Kimbrough. During their ownership, the company fraudulently overbilled the State of Illinois and Medicaid for services not rendered, or not rendered to the extent claimed, and for mileage well in excess of those actually driven.
Between December 2005 and June 2011, IBT billed and received payment for claims totalling approximately $7.3 million. Evidence showed that IBT had overbilled the state Medicaid program by an estimated $4.7 million. Despite rules clearly set forth in the state handbook, the court found that IBT had billed for the transportation of deceased individuals and individuals who were not transported because they were already in hospital.
Further, IBT billed the state based on the dates that the individuals had been approved for transportation, whether they had been transported or not, even though their daily route sheets showed their true passenger lists. In some instances, IBT even billed for more passengers than it could physically transport.
The court found that although the handbook mileage rules were straightforward, and that transportation providers could only bill mileage for the first rider, Toran had directed his workers to incorrectly bill for mileage.
The court found that various bank accounts and real estate constituted proceeds of the fraud, or property derived from the proceeds of this fraud. These proceeds were obtained by Toran, directly or indirectly, as a result of the offenses. This included $274,821 in proceeds from the sale of property.