The owner and four employees of a Niagara Falls taxi company have been charged with stealing tens of thousands of dollars from Medicaid.
The company was identified as Wego Taxi Tours.
Attorney General Barbara Underwood says they illegally billed Medicaid for phony rides and paid off Medicaid recipients.
The arrests of the following Niagara Falls residents were part of “Operation Ghost Ride:”
- Sadat Khan, 29
- Kashif Pervez, 36
- Marcus Mathis, 41
- Chester Haugabook, 48
- William Medina, 35
According to Underwood, they were involved in an alleged scheme to steal more than $50,000.
Khan and his corporate secretary, Pervez, were charged with grand larceny and offering a false instrument for filing. They could each spend between five and 15 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.
The drivers, who were identified as Mathis, Haugabook and Medina, were charged with grand larceny and Medicaid assistance provider prohibited practices. If convicted of the most serious charge, each could spend between 2 and 1/3 to seven years in prison.