Paramedics Plus being investigated by the Feds for Kickbacks

I always had a ‘weird’ feeling about this company when they rolled into Sioux Falls;

The United States’ complaint alleges that ETMC and Paramedics Plus entered into an illegal kickback scheme to obtain and retain a lucrative public ambulance services contract awarded by Williamson and EMSA, a public trust entity established under Oklahoma law.  The United States alleges the defendants created a slush fund controlled by ETMC and Paramedics Plus that was used to pay over $20 million in kickbacks.

Makes you wonder if the investigation will go national.



4 comments ↓

#1 Emoluments Clause on 01.24.17 at 11:44 am

Yep, I agree. And with this new Republican administration, with its new Republican District Attorneys coming into being, my guess is that this investigation will grow selectively against Democratic leaders and even leaders who were former Democrats, too….

#2 l3wis on 01.24.17 at 11:47 am

Remember, this investigation stems from a whistleblower, no politics involved here.

#3 Emoluments Clause on 01.24.17 at 11:53 am

But lets not forget what Rove did or tried to do to the US
Attorney offices throughout the land under Bush43, however.

In fact, KELO’s story last night on Wilson highlighted this reality during their local news hour:

http://www.keloland.com/news/article/politics/trump-nominee-wilson-s-ethics-called-into-question-while-in-dc

#4 Michael Wyland on 01.25.17 at 10:19 am

Paramedics Plus’s parent nonprofit company has responded to the allegations:

http://www.kltv.com/story/34324736/etmcs-paramedics-plus-responds-to-us-attorneys-kickback-scheme-complaint

In part:

“These claims involve one provision of a contractual relationship made in 1998 to provide EMS staffing for an Oklahoma public trust called EMSA. EMSA is the emergency medical services authority for the citizens of Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

“Under that relationship, we at Paramedics Plus helped EMSA provide emergency medical services, which were independently judged to be among the best in the country. We also agreed to return a share of our profit to EMSA—a standard and legal practice in this industry—which was publicly disclosed. The whistleblower and the federal government now say that limiting our profit and returning a portion of it back to these communities somehow violated federal law.”