The New York Daily News reports that at least 10 FDNY EMS personnel have been implicated in disability insurance fraud:
The accused include 10 EMS supervisors, paramedics and emergency medical technicians — plus three traffic enforcement agents employed by the NYPD, according to DOI Commissioner Mark Peters.
They’re suspected of filing false claims with AFLAC health insurance company, which gives payouts to employees who have to leave work because of a short-term disability.
But once the claims were processed, the employees returned to their jobs — and collected their regular paychecks in addition to the insurance payouts, sources said.
EMS is plagued with stories about ambulance companies creating fraudulent claims to defraud Medicare and Medicaid. While the lion share of these fraudulent claims do occur in the private sector of EMS, this type of story really irks me. The fraud committed in the private sector generally benefits the owner of the company, while this type of fraud directly benefits the individual.
The bigger disgrace in my opinion is that FDNY employs approximately 3,800 EMS personnel(*) and the 10 EMS personnel, approximately 0.2% of the department, have just besmirched them all. Fraud in EMS of any kind is a blight on the industry as a whole.