Texas ambulance co. owner gets prison for fraud

October 14, 2010 10:12:16 AM PDT
A Dallas-area businessman who ran an ambulance service has been sentenced to 15 years in prison in a medical fraud and money laundering investigation. Prosecutors say 50-year-old Muhammed Nasiru Usman of Arlington owned and operated Royal Ambulance Service Inc. and First Choice EMS Inc.

A federal judge in Dallas on Wednesday sentenced Usman to prison and also ordered him to pay more than $1.3 million in restitution in a case related to transport of dialysis patients.

Usman in May was convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, 12 counts of health care fraud and one count of money laundering.