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A.G. Schneiderman Announces Guilty Plea Of Binghamton-Area Transport Company Owner For Stealing Over $100K From Medicaid

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January 25, 2017

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A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES GUILTY PLEA OF BINGHAMTON-AREA TRANSPORT COMPANY OWNER FOR STEALING OVER $100K FROM MEDICAID 

Darin Cox Operated Taxi Business Without Required Taxi Licenses; Illegally Obtained Over $100,000.00 From Medicaid 

Schneiderman: We Will Keep Fighting To Root Out And Prosecute Those Who Defraud Medicaid

BINGHAMTON – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the guilty plea of Darin Cox, 44, of Johnson City, owner and operator of Broome Taxi, a transportation company in Broome County, for his allegedly fraudulent actions in obtaining over $3,000.00 from the Medicaid system by operating his business without the licensing necessary to operate a taxicab in Broome County.  Cox pled guilty to one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, which is a Class D felony.  Cox faces a sentence of up to seven years in prison. 

“Exploiting the Medicaid program for personal financial gain is shameful, and operating a transportation company without required state licensure risks potential harm to passengers,” said Attorney General Schneiderman.  “So that we can protect the integrity of the Medicaid program and protect public safety, my office will continue fighting to root out Medicaid fraud and fully prosecute those responsible for it.”

The defendant received payments from the Medicaid Program for transporting Medicaid beneficiaries to medical appointments.  During the period March 18, 2105, to April 29, 2016, the defendant knowingly operated his business in violation of Broome County transportation regulations by failing to possess a Broome County-issued taxicab license; a Broome County-issued taxi business license; and a valid New York State Class “E” driver’s license.  The defendant’s Class “E” driver’s license was suspended on March 30, 2015. 

According to the superior court information, in addition to his failure to maintain the required licenses, in 2014 and 2015 the defendant submitted forms which falsely certified that his business had all the licensing required to operate a taxicab in Broome County.

During the time that his company was unlawfully operated, the defendant obtained over $100,000.00 in Medicaid payments.

The defendant entered his plea before Broome County Court Judge Kevin P. Dooley. Sentencing is set for March 23, 2017. 

The Attorney General thanks the Broome County Government Security Division for its assistance in this investigation.

The investigation by the New York State Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit was conducted by Special Investigator Keith Hall, under the supervision of Deputy Chief Investigator William Falk and Senior Auditor/Investigator Dejan Budimir, under the supervision of Regional Chief Auditor Thomas Goodman.  The matter is being presented in court by Syracuse Regional Director Ralph D. Tortora, III.  Catherine Wagner is Chief of Criminal Investigations – Upstate.  The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is led by Director Amy Held and Assistant Deputy Attorney General Paul J. Mahoney. 

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