Brothers get federal prison for $3.4 million Medicare fraud scheme

A federal judge on Wednesday handed down lengthy prison terms to two brothers who operated a $3.4 million Medicare fraud scheme through their private ambulance company in Bucks County.

 Aleksandr N. Zagorodony, 39, of Southampton, got six and a half years in prison and Sergey Zagorodny, of Philadelphia, 36, got five years. Their company, MedEx Ambulance, was based in Feasterville.   

The brothers transported patients by ambulance even though those patients could walk or drive. The brothers then falsified reports to get Medicare reimbursements.  

 U.S. District Court Judge Berle M. Schiller also ordered the brothers to pay $3.4 million in restitution. The ambulance company has been dissolved. Its base of operations will be sold to help pay restitution.