Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 20, 2012

Prosecutors seek Saltville Rescue Squad assets


Associated Press

ABINGDON, Va. —  Federal prosecutors are seeking cash and property from the Saltville Rescue Squad to recoup losses stemming from a health care fraud scheme.

In September, a federal jury acquitted the squad as a corporation in the case. Prosecutors contend that the squad benefited from the scheme, which involved fraudulent billings.

A motion filed by prosecutors seeks the forfeiture of more than $330,000, three ambulances, several trucks and emergency equipment. The Bristol Herald-Courier reports that U.S. District Judge James P. Jones held a hearing on the motion Monday in Abingdon.

Former squad president Eddie Louthian Sr. was convicted on health care fraud and perjury charges in September. A former squad member, Monica Hicks, was convicted of a conspiracy charge.