Authorities conducting a field operation targeting ambulette service providers in Sheepshead Bay issued $7,600 in fines and seized two vans in just one day.

The Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) and the Taxi and Limousine Commission teamed up to investigate potential fraudulent activities among ambulette services, stopping the vehicles on and around Coney Island Avenue and Coney Island Hospital on Tuesday, July 10.

According to OMIG, 15 investigators were deployed, yeilding:

  • Four unlicensed or unqualified drivers;
  • Two vehicles not licensed by TLC – both vans were seized;
  • Ten summonses issued for lack of paperwork or proper decals on display;
  • A total of $7,600 in fines based on the summonses.

Investigators also verified that all passengers involved were Medicaid recipients.

“Allowing untrained drivers to operate these vehicles in New York is an expensive roll of the dice,” said Medicaid Inspector General James Cox. “The millions of dollars spent on these services risk the lives of pedestrians, motorists and patients, all the while ripping off taxpayers. The streets of New York are safer today, thanks to this operation. “

The Sheepshead Bay field operation scored a bigger yield than the TLC-OMIG pilot program, which took place last month along Queens Boulevard. There they issued eight summonses and seized one van.

However, the Queens operation led to a valuable discovery that could save taxpayers money. Here’s how the TLC puts it:

Based on information provided by OMIG from the June 12 operation, TLC discovered that some ambulette companies may have used tactics that do not comply with New York State and New York City rules, including subcontracting vehicles and drivers. TLC investigators used that information during an independent transportation surveillance at a metropolitan hospital, leading to the seizure of six more ambulettes from a company that had committed a variety of infractions. OMIG and TLC will collaborate on further investigations of that company to determine if Medicaid had been overcharged for services based on evidence gathered from that operation. Further action will be taken as appropriate.

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  • AIG_Quant

    My uncle Boris was one of those busted the other day. Uncle Boris is an incredible man, he used to drive around and hand out $20 to all children on the street. As he approached a child with a broken leg near the Coney Island hospital to give him a twenty and a Mister Softee ice cream, he was accosted by several people who demanded that he show his id. After that they ate his rainbow sprinkle topped ice cream meant for the little child. My uncle is a WW2 soviet fighter pilot with 376 confirmed kills and has never been more humiliated in his life.

    • Jack

      unbelievable. hope your uncle’s doing better.

      4 ambulances off the streets. illegal or not, seriously?

      • Jack

        i mean 2 ambulances, sorry, and 4 drivers. still, the point of ambulances is to bring patients to the hospital in a safe and timely matter, not whether they have fucking ID or not.

      • Jack

        i mean 2 ambulances, sorry, and 4 drivers. still, the point of ambulances is to bring patients to the hospital in a safe and timely matter, not whether they have fucking ID or not.

      • levp

        I mean, driver licenses are overrated to begin with, am I right?
        </sarcasm>

    • Jack

      unbelievable. hope your uncle’s doing better.

      4 ambulances off the streets. illegal or not, seriously?

    • levp

      “After that they ate his rainbow sprinkle topped ice cream meant for the little child.”

      Just to be clear, TLC/OMIG confiscated his ice cream cone?

      • AIG_Quant

        I just spoke to my uncle again, it turned out that his rainbow sprinkle topped ice cream cone was actually confiscated by his dietician. My uncle has to worry about his diabetes but he just can’t stop buying pirogi on Brighton Beach.

        • levp

          Thought so.  Pirogi, huh…  By the way, do you also have an aunt named Natasha by any chance?

          • nolastname

            Lovin’ all the humor and sarcasm..I actually get it. ;-)  

    • Tatertot

      I’m not a fighter pilot, just a private pilot who owns and flies a Piper Archer. When I read that your uncle has “376 confirmed kills” I nearly dropped a load in my pants laughing so hard. What complete utter BS haha. Why don’t you check the world record for confirmed aircraft shoot downs ….

      • Sturmoviknik

        How dare you insult Uncle Boris’ bravery! My grandpa Vlad was in the same squadron as Uncle Boris and can tell you the time and date of each of Boris’ kills (who do you think confirmed them anyway?). Those goddamn Australians didn’t stand a chance.

      • AIG_Quant

        Tatertot is just jealous draft dodger. My uncle Boris had 173.6 kills alone in just the first two months of the war. He is world record holder of many WWII records including most hood-rats slayed at just over 29.

    • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

      Hmmm, your uncle was a WW2 fighter pilot, and driving an ambulette now, must be well into his 80′s.  He might just get more than 376 kills driving around bahahaha.

  • Truth Alert

    Sheepshead bay bites will publish the headline Cymbrowitz call for Tough Stand of Illegal Ambulettes. Behind closed doors, Cymbro will ask to investigate every Ambulette that does not give him $.

  • nolastname

    Tip of the iceberg.

    • nolastname

      SS…I meant to say bottom of the iceberg. 
      The bogus doctors had bogus pharmacies feeding off them. Bogus patients needed bogus transportation. I am sure some honest drivers were not aware of improper paper work filed by the vehicle owners. Some were the actual owners and just ran with it.
      Up next….physical therapy.

  • Andy

    my uncle Kurt confirms the story of uncle Vlad and uncle Boris as he was one of their confirmed kills