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Man receives fraud sentence

on June 06, 2014 10:19 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man who allegedly struck and killed a Philadelphia woman and her three young sons while drag racing has been sentenced to 27 months behind bars in an unrelated ambulance fraud case.

The defendant, Khusen Akhmedov, 23, pleaded guilty in federal court in December to involvement in a Medicare fraud of more than $1.5 million.

Prosecutors said he recruited non-emergency patients for ambulance trips. These individuals were later promised kickback payments.

Akhmedov still faces murder charges in the July 16 crash.

He is charged with killing Samara Banks and her three sons — ages 4, 23 months and 7 months — as they crossed a road in northern Philadelphia.

Defense attorney Todd Henry disputes his client was drag racing.

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