Guam Medical Transport officials sentenced

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Guam Medical Transport was a non-emergency ambulance transportation company that provided a bulk of their services to Guam's dialysis patients.

Sentencing got underway for the individuals who pleaded guilty in a Medicare fraud scam involving Guam Medical Transport.

Clifford Shoemake, Kimberly Conner, Nicholas Shoemake, Thelma Joiner and Trevor Cruz worked for Guam Medical Transport, a non-emergency ambulance transportation company that provided a bulk of their services to Guam’s dialysis patients.

They each pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to commit health care fraud which racked up over $10 million in fraudulent claims for ambulance services.

While the defense hoped for just probation, the government pushed for each defendant to serve time in federal prison, with the US probation office recommending a 97-month sentence.

Late this afternoon, the sentencing hearing for Clifford was still underway as witnesses testified towards Clifford’s character, his attorney describing him as one of the best people in the world.

Clifford, meanwhile, was at a loss for words, emotionally stating “I’ve tried my best and I know that I failed.” He pleaded for leniency stating that prison time would destroy his loved ones.

The executive was sentenced to 71 months incarceration and three years of supervised release.

Cruz was sentenced to five years probation.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.