ST. MARYS — The City of St. Marys Police Department recently received information regarding multiple incidents where bills for services completed by the St. Marys Ambulance Service have gone unpaid.

The department says an insurance provider pays the patient directly by check pursuant to established procedures and billing processes. It’s the patient’s responsibility to turn checks over to the ambulance service. Patients can also cash or deposit the check and then pay the ambulance service. After the ambulance service makes reasonable attempts to collect payment, the police department begins a criminal investigation for theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received.

The police department has initiated several investigations involving patients throughout the region. Patients are urged to contact the St. Marys Ambulance Service immediately to avoid facing criminal charges, which will be filed at the District Judge’s Office.

Questions may be directed to the City of St. Marys Police Department at (814) 781-1315 or at smpd@stmaryspa.gov

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