Claremore Daily Progress

Government

November 3, 2013

OTEMS audit reveals payroll fraud

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CLAREMORE —

In 2011, the Oologah-Talala EMS announced it was in danger of closing due to higher fuel and maintenance costs, and lower reimbursements through Medicare and Medicaid.
The Oologah-Talala EMS is supported by taxpayer dollars and provides emergency medical care to a 180-square mile area of Rogers County.
Tim Albin, chairperson; Jack Griggs, vice chairperson; Richard F. Tesson Jr., secretary; James Senese, treasurer, and Mark Abdo currently serve on the OTEMS board. John M. Wylie II, publisher of the Oologah Lake Leader serves as the public information officer for the organization. The board will have the final say Monday on what to do next with the auditor’s recommendation to refer the payroll fraud and abuse to District Attorney Janice Steidley for further review.

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