A former cocaine dealer who spent nine years in federal prison was sent to federal prison for two years on Monday for bilking the state and federal government for more than $400,000 through his Youngstown ambulette company.
Rolando Sepulveda, 51, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Court Jude Sara Lioi in Akron on three counts of health care fraud. Four other charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.
Lioi also ordered Sepulveda pay $349,579.96 in restitution. He will be on supervised release for three years following his release from prison.
The sentencing range for the offense and Sepulevda’s criminal history was between 24 and 30 months.
The indictment said Sepulveda operated the now-defunct Med Transportation, Inc., which provided non-emergency transportation for poor patients using a wheelchair to doctor’s appointments covered by Medicare. The federal government paid for 60 percent of the cost and the state paid the rest.
The charges allege Sepulveda provided transportation to able-bodied patients from Aug. 27, 2008 through Aug. 15, 2011, yet billed the state for $406,000 in coverage as if the patients were handicapped.
The U.S. Attorney’s office and the Ohio Attorney General’s office investigated and jointly prosecuted the case. Sepulveda was living in Puerto Rico at the time he was arrested on Jan. 22.
Court records show Sepulveda was sentenced to serve seven-and-a-half years in federal prison by Lioi in 1996 for conspiring to sell cocaine. He was also sentenced to undergo drug and alcohol addiction treatment and to forfeit $50,444 and two vehicles, a 1992 Nissan and a 1976 Jeep, according to court records.
Sepulveda’s attorney, Nathan Ray, wrote in a court filing that Sepulveda was born in Yabucoa, Purerto Rico and planned to return there after his prison sentence was up. He asked Lioi to allow for him to return to Puerto Rico while on probation.
Ray also wrote Sepulveda suffers from diabetes and hypertension and is under the care of a psychiatrist.