Operation Ghost Ride: A.G. Schneiderman Announces Sentencing Of Owner Of Albany Transportation Companies For Stealing Thousands In Medicaid Transit Scam

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OPERATION GHOST RIDE: A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES SENTENCING OF OWNER OF ALBANY TRANSPORTATION COMPANIES FOR STEALING THOUSANDS IN MEDICAID TRANSIT SCAM

Percy Sanville, Jr., Owner of A&N Transportation, And Co-Owner of Ammediate Transport Submitted Bogus Medicaid Claims For Transportation Services

Sanville Sentenced to Two to Six Years in Prison

ALBANY, N.Y. – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the sentencing of Percy Sanville, Jr., 42, owner of A&N Transportation, and Co-Owner of Ammediate Transport upon his conviction of the crime of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony. Sanville was sentenced by Acting Supreme Court Justice Hon. Roger D. McDonough to two to six years in prison.

Sanville previously admitted that he submitted false claims to Medicaid for transportation for himself to physical therapy appointments between September 7, 2016 and November 30, 2016 that never occurred. Sanville’s business partner, Rafael Gonzalez also previously pled guilty to falsely billing Medicaid for transportation that never occurred.  Gonzalez is scheduled to be sentenced on January 5, 2018.

“The defendant and his business partner carried out an elaborate hoax to defraud Medicaid and exploit New Yorkers by billing Medicaid for transportation that never occurred,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Ghost rides result in costs being passed along to taxpayers, while undermining the vital services on which our most vulnerable depend. My office will not tolerate this behavior and will continue to bring scammers to justice.”

An undercover investigation conducted by the Attorney General’s Office, referred to as “Operation Ghost Ride,” revealed earlier this year that Sanville and Gonzalez stole over $50,000 from Medicaid by submitting fraudulent claims for transportation services that were never provided.

The case was investigated by Albany Regional Office MFCU Investigators John R. Benshoff, Joseph Farrell, and Michael Connelly, with the assistance of Supervising Investigator Dianne Hart and Upstate Deputy Chief Investigator William Falk, and by Auditor Investigator Nathaniel J. Wood with the assistance of Regional Chief Auditor Charles Norfleet.

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Paul A. Clyne with the assistance of Albany Regional Director Kathleen A. Boland.  Catherine Wagner is MFCU's Upstate Chief of Criminal Investigations. MFCU is led by Director Amy Held and Assistant Deputy Attorney General Paul J. Mahoney. The Division of Criminal Justice is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General Margaret Garnett. 

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