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Ambulette firm owner gets jail, fine in Medicaid theft

The owner of a Massapequa ambulette company will serve four months in jail and repay the state almost $350,000 she improperly billed for Medicaid services over a five-year period, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday.

Patricia Clague, 45, who owns Angel Ambulette, located at 50 Brooklyn Ave., pleaded guilty to a felony count of grand larceny Friday in Nassau County Court in Mineola. She has agreed to repay the state and begin a four-month jail term on Oct. 1, Schneiderman said.

Her mother-in-law, Barbara Clague, 78, a clerical worker at the company, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor fraud charge. She agreed to pay a $1,000 fine for falsifying company documents, authorities said.

Barbara Clague, of 31 Miramar Blvd., Lindenhurst, and Patricia Clague, of 222 W. Santa Barbara Rd., Lindenhurst, are also permanently barred from participating in any government health care program, Schneiderman said.

"The ambulette company routinely billed New York State for transportation services that were not provided and for services offered by untrained and improperly licensed drivers," Schneiderman said.

"This is unacceptable behavior and those who steal taxpayer dollars off the backs of our most vulnerable citizens will be caught and punished," he added.

He said a review of company documents between February 2005 and December 2009 showed the company billed for 2,500 trips that never happened, and more than 4,000 one-way trips by improperly licensed drivers.

Eight other company employees have previously pleaded guilty to falsifying documents, he said.

They were identified as:

Alfonso Mintz, 44, of Rosedale, a dispatcher, and Lamonte Hatch, 58, of Roosevelt, a dispatcher/driver, along with these company drivers: Stephen Drettler, 73, of Wantagh, Glenda Green, 54, of Uniondale, Elizabeth McKoy, 51, of Roosevelt, John Young, 52, of Sayville, Gregory Newson, 45, of Roosevelt, and David Williams, 39, of Long Beach.

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