by Ben Vernia | August 31st, 2009
The US Attorney’s office in Arizona announced on August 28 the indictment of an Indian Health Service emergency room employee, Ella Babbitt, for accepting a $6000 bribe to steer medical air transport business to AeroCare Medical Transport.
The indictment alleges that AeroCare was concerned that it was not getting its share of business at the Indian Health Service Kayenta Health Center where Babbitt was employed. An ambulance crew member, a sister of Babbitt, told AeroCare employees that the company would receive more work if it paid Babbitt. The company agreed to cooperate with the Office of Inspector General of HHS in an investigation. At a monitored meeting, the indictment alleges, a company employee offered Babbitt a bribe to refer more ambulance calls, and she subsequently agreed, receiving $2000 per month.