** Former EMS officials in Escambia County, Florida arrested, charged in relation to allegedly falsifying training documents
UNITED STATES NEWS
** Escambia County police in Florida have arrested four former EMS officials for allegedly falsifying training documents for internal courses. That is the word from the Pensacola News Journal (Jim Little/March 24) which said the group were taken into custody Tuesday. According to the newspaper, those charged include former EMS Capt. Jim Bonoyer, former interim EMS manager Leon Salter, former EMS Chief Steve White and current paramedic and former Office of Administration head Katherine Kenney. Kenney, however, was terminated after her arrest. The clampdown on the four comes after a year long investigation. Police say the fraud, which reaches back several years, involved altering documents used for licencing for course instructors and high ranking prehospital brass. The courses were BLS, ACLS, pediatric advanced life support, and pediatric emergency assessment, recognition and stabilization. The charges include racketeering, official misconduct, forgery, paramedic licence fraud, and uttering a forged instrument. Several of the tags are felonies. As a result of the investigation, Escambia County could also face thousands of dollars in fines from the state’s Department of Health.