Former paramedic’s ‘upcharge fraud’ leads to audit of Everett Fire Department

An exclusive KIRO 7 Investigation has uncovered new information about David “Pete” Vier, the City of Everett Fire Department’s former Chief of Emergency Medical Services who’s been charged in King County with plotting to have sex with a teenager.

Multiple anonymous sources within the department, and senior paramedic Pete McFall, all told KIRO 7 that Vier forced them to commit what they believe may have been Medicare fraud, and that it went on for years. KIRO 7 has learned those same claims eventually resulted in an audit.  

According to 33-year department veteran McFall, every paramedic was forced by their supervisor, then-Chief Vier, to bill Medicare at the highest rate possible for even the most basic services.  

“I think that might likely constitute fraud,” McFall told KIRO 7 recently.

The new information is in addition to Vier’s reported history of being investigated within the past few years for stalking, domestic violence assault, mental instability and an alleged on-the-job suicide attempt in July of 2011.

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