UPDATE: Life Ambulance Director of Operations Facing Criminal Charges

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UPDATE 2/4/2015 5:50 PM

The director of an ambulance service that once operated in Parkersburg faces criminal charges.

James Nance of Princeton, West Virginia is charged with Medicaid fraud.

Nance was director of operations for Life Ambulance, which operated in Parkersburg until December 2013.

Authorities say Life Ambulance billed for advanced life support services when it didn't have a license to provide those services.

Nance is accused of filing false claims to the Medicaid program for more than a year, resulting in a loss of more than $20,000.

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

A private ambulance service closes, putting thousands nationwide out of work and impacting emergency services in communities across the country.

Wood and Washington Counties are among those affected.

The service is called Life Ambulance.

It recently was acquired by a company based in North Carolina.

On Friday, it notified more than 2,000 employees in several states it was ceasing operations.

The company isn't commenting but we are told it had emergency service contracts with 911 centers in southeast Ohio communities.

Life did not provide emergency services in our immediate area.

It did, however, provide routine transfers and transported patients from facilities such as nursing homes to doctors offices and dialysis treatment.

The two Wood County-based ambulance services worked to take on those transports over the weekend.

"The unfortunate thing was lack of notice," says Camden Clark Ambulance Service Director Larry Stephens. "They closed up shop on Friday, and people were scrambling to get to their appointments all weekend, plus early this week."

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks says Life Ambulance did not respond to emergency 911 calls, but did provide transports from Marietta Memorial Hospital to hospitals in other cities such as Columbus.

This is not something the Parkersburg-based ambulance services haven't faced before.

In 2007, another privately-owned company, General Ambulance, went out of business.

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