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March 22. 2013 12:02AM

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WILKES-BARRE — Nanticoke Community Ambulance has filed a lawsuit in county court against a neighboring community ambulance, alleging it has refused to pay for paramedic services provided.

The organization filed the suit through its attorney, John Dean, of Wilkes-Barre, against Newport Township Fireman’s Community Ambulance, claiming it is owed more than $30,000.

The suit says the two entities entered into a contract in June 2007, whereby Nanticoke Community Ambulance would provide services to Newport Township Fireman’s Community Ambulance and that the Nanticoke organization would receive 40 percent of the total reimbursement for the services.

Beginning on June 21, 2011, the suit says, Newport Township Fireman’s Community Ambulance refused to reimburse Nanticoke and to allow it to review financial records.

The suit alleges a breach of contract and unjust enrichment in that the services provided by Nanticoke Community Ambulance are of “marketable value” and that Newport Township Fireman’s Community Ambulance “has used and/or continues to (use) service provided by (Nanticoke).

“It is inequitable to permit (Newport Township Fireman’s Community Ambulance) the continued use of the services provided by (Nanticoke Community Ambulance) without having paid for said services,” the suit says.

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