- Associated Press - Monday, January 30, 2017

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A man convicted of illegally operating an ambulance company after he was banned from participating in federal health care programs due to prior convictions is now headed to prison.

Federal prosecutors say Imadeldin Khair received an 18-year sentence Monday. The 57-year-old Clifton man also was ordered to pay $8.8 million in restitution.

A judge had convicted Khair last August on charges of heath care fraud, obstructing a federal audit, tax evasion and money laundering.

Khair was banned in 2004 from participating in Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health programs for at least 11 years after he was convicted of state health care fraud. But prosecutors say almost immediately, Khair began operating an ambulance business in his brother’s name and collected more than $9 million from Medicare and Medicaid.

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