EMS chief admits falsifying reports to dupe insurers

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) -- A former emergency medical services chief in New Jersey has admitted falsifying patient care records in order to bilk insurance companies to collect money for services that were not billable.

Donald Horner on Tuesday pleaded guilty to insurance fraud and tampering with public records.

Under terms of a plea agreement, the 67-year-old must make restitution, forfeit his emergency medical technician certification, perform community service and pay a $1,300 fine.

Burlington County prosecutors say Horner altered reports 27 times when he served as chief of the Delran Emergency Squad to conceal his certification had expired and 11 of the altered reports resulted in insurers paying out $4,307.

The squad's license to operate was suspended in 2018 and Horner resigned soon after. Horner faces 364 days in the county jail.

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