The owner of a defunct Northeast Philadelphia ambulance company was charged with Medicare fraud for transporting patients who could walk and did not meet the federal program's requirements for ambulance services, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said Monday.

Bassem Kuran, who was the sole owner of VIP Ambulance Inc., applied to participate in Medicare in October 2011, soon after his previous employer, Brotherly Love Ambulance Inc. was shut down for the same type of fraud.

In at least one case, Kuran billed Medicare for the transport of a patient to dialysis even though the patient had received a kidney transplant and did not need dialysis, the U.S. attorney's filing alleged.

Formally, Kuran was charged with making false statements in a health care matter.

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