McGovern had attended training conducted by Wolfberg. The city alleges Walker didn’t monitor Wolfberg’s work, claiming Wolfberg only reviewed 60 out of thousands of ambulance calls. Wolfberg’s bills, which came to around $5,000, were sent directly to the city for payment. The city paid Walker $163,000 for his work.
Before the third day of the trial came to a close, Hannafan asked Walker about some of the defenses the city alleges he neglected to pursue when defending it in the EMS case, including one that could have set the city up to be reimbursed by Medicare for $6 million.
Hannafan asked Walker about another code available between 2004 and 2006 under which the city could have upcoded a number of its BLS calls. While Walker said he did not know the city could have upcoded some of its BLS calls, his deposition testimony reflected that he was aware.
Another possible defense would have been a mistake on the city’s part. The crux of the Schultheis case was that the city knowingly or intentionally submitted false claims. In his deposition testimony read Wednesday Walker stated that “depending on the nature of the mistake, yes,” a mistake by the city would have provided a complete defense.
Walker’s testimony will continue Thursday.