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Ambulance service owner faces forged document charge

By Seth Burkett 340-2355

The owner of an ambulance service that sought a license to operate in Decatur tried to gain City Council approval with a forged document, police said Thursday.

Decatur police arrested David Oliver Childers, 36, of 3303 Cedarhurst Drive S.W. on a charge of second-degree possession of a forged instrument Wednesday.

Childers is the president of Med-Call Inc.

Sgt. Denise Stanley, a financial crime investigator, said Childers submitted an audited financial statement signed by Margaret Ann Humphrey, a certified public accountant, to the mayor and city clerk's offices Aug. 3.

Childers said during the Aug. 6 council meeting that the financial report was a correct and accurate statement submitted to C&L Tax Services in Hartselle by Frost Accounting on behalf of Med-Call, Stanley said.

Stanley said it later turned out Humphrey's signature was a forgery and that C&L Tax Services had no knowledge of the document.

Released on bond

Morgan County Jail released Childers on Wednesday on $750 bond.

"I have a lot to say about it, but I'm going to have to refer you to my attorney," Childers told The Daily on Thursday.

Childers' attorney could not be reached.

Mayor Don Kyle, who questioned the validity of Childers' application during the Aug. 6 meeting, declined comment.

A former accountant, Kyle said balance sheets provided by Med-Call lacked several important pieces of information that should have been considered standard.

Kyle also said he had called the accountant listed on the form and she told him she had never heard of Med-Call or Childers.

Childers responded that the audit was conducted through a third-party accounting firm, which may have caused the problem.

The meeting resulted in the council letting the matters of granting licenses to Med-Call and another ambulance service die without a vote.

The city's current ambulance provider, Decatur Emergency Medical Services, maintains its monopoly on all in-city emergency calls.

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