Owner of Toledo area medical transportation service found guilty of healthcare fraud

TOLEDO – The owner of Blue Line Express Taxi & Medical Transport, a Toledo-area ambulette transportation business, has been found guilty of three counts of healthcare fraud.

The verdict was announced after a three-day trial before Judge Jeffrey Helmick in Toledo last month, according to a news release by the Department of Justice, Northern District of Ohio.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Abdul Haji Faqi, 46, Toledo, was found guilty of participating in a scheme that knowingly submitted and received reimbursement payments from Medicaid for ineligible claims.

Faqi’s co-defendants pleaded guilty and were sentenced earlier this year for their part in the scheme.

Between 2009 and 2016, Faqi schemed with his co-defendants to transport and bill Medicaid for ambulette transportation services of Medicaid beneficiaries who did not require or use a wheelchair. Faqi and his co-defendants knew that Medicaid only provided ambulette reimbursement for recipients who did require the use of a wheelchair and were actually transported in a wheelchair.

In addition, as part of the scheme to defraud, Faqi and his co-defendants billed Medicaid for wheelchair attendants without actually providing any attendants. Faqi and his co-defendants also billed Medicaid for trips with multiple riders as separate individual trips, inflating their Medicaid billing.

Faqi and his co-defendants also failed to obtain, and falsified, ambulette Certification of Medical Necessity documents from Medicaid recipients that they transported.

Faqi and his co-defendants received over $800,000 in reimbursements from Medicaid to which they were not entitled.

Faqi is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 13.

This case was investigated by the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, the Ohio Attorney General’s Healthcare Fraud Section and the Toledo Resident Agency of the Cleveland FBI. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jody L. King and Michael J. Freeman.