“A litany of complaints against one of the largest ambulance service providers in Rockland County, including allegations of retaliatory suspensions and firings, has triggered a state probe, The Journal News/lohud has learned.
The probe by the state Department of Labor comes during an independent investigation by The Journal News/lohud looking into similar allegations against leaders of the Ramapo Valley Ambulance Corps.
Among other issues cited in a complaint from RVAC members was the allegation that RVAC leaders hid their personal ties to a company they contracted to manage paid staffing needs. Up to 15 RVAC members say that corps leaders have run much of the staffing company’s daily operations, despite paying the new company to assume those duties.
RVAC is one of four volunteer ambulance corps in Ramapo. Sloatsburg, Spring Hill and William Paul Faist Volunteer Ambulance Corps also serve the town of more than 133,000 residents. There are no full-time paid ambulance services in the town.
The town allots taxpayer dollars to RVAC and the other groups though an autonomous ambulance fund. This pool of money was part of federal investigators’ focus in April, when they charged Ramapo town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence with 22 counts of securities and wire fraud.
Among other charges, prosecutors alleged that, in order to make the town’s finances appear more robust and issue a bond for the construction of the Rockland Boulders’ baseball stadium, he transferred more than $12 million from its ambulance fund to its general fund between 2009 and 2014.
RVAC and its funds have no connection with the indictment, Strohli said.”
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