Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Springfield, Ill. – A Chicago woman who previously pled guilty to her role in a scheme to overbill Illinois’ Medicaid program has been sentenced. On Aug. 15, 2016, U.S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough ordered Tina Kimbrough, 44, of Berwyn, Ill., to serve 30 months in federal prison. Kimbrough and Gregory D. Toran, 67, of Hazel Crest, Ill., owned IBT Transportation, LLC., a non-emergency medical transport company, during the period of the fraud conspiracy, from December 2005 to June 2011.
Toran was convicted of the conspiracy and seven counts of mail fraud following a bench trial before Judge Myerscough, who rendered her guilty verdicts in late July 2016. Kimbrough was also ordered to pay $4 million in restitution, due jointly and severally with Toran, who is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 14, 2016. Kimbrough is to self-report as directed by the federal Bureau of Prisons to begin serving her prison term.
In June 2015, Kimbrough pled guilty to participating in the conspiracy with Toran, as well as one count of mail fraud and one count of making false statements. As a result of the scheme, IBT fraudulently overbilled the state’s Medicaid program by an estimated $4.7 million for services not rendered, not rendered to the extent claimed, and for mileage well in excess of miles actually driven.
The charges were investigated by the Illinois State Police, Medicaid Fraud Unit; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. In addition, the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services, which administers the Medicaid program for the state of Illinois, assisted in the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gregory K. Harris and Timothy A. Bass are prosecuting the case.