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UPDATE: First Med shuffles resources prior to bankruptcy filing

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The EMS provider that declared bankruptcy, leaving Bertie County in a lurch is on the move.

Following up our investigation, 9 On Your Side uncovered new pictures that prove the company's CEO was moving ambulances before filing for bankruptcy.

Ex-Lauderdale County Commissioner Rhea Fulmer sent us pictures she took outside a body shop. They stripped and rebranded the vehicles. The ambulances once bore the MedCorp logo an EMS provider in Ohio.

Fulmer says 8-12 trucks with Ohio license plates were sent to help the county with their high school football season, but were never sent back.

"I'm all about legality and keeping things above board. I'm not saying there is anything shady going on,” Fulmer said. "It does make me question why we have Ohio trucks sitting in Lauderdale County."
    
Gibson is the CEO of Med Corps' parent company, First Med and Shoals Ambulance. However, the two don’t have official ties.

A week ago, First Med filed for bankruptcy and let go of 2,000 of its employees, some in Bertie County. In an interview, County Manager, Scott Sauer told 9 On Your Side the company sent a representative to the county’s board meeting Monday, December 9, 2013 to simply seize control of the equipment.

The county prevented the measure by securing an injunction from a judge.

A source told us Gibson intends to buy the assets out of bankruptcy and augment Shoals Ambulance.
    
9 On Your Side called Gibson and his partner, Samarth Chandra to talk about the situation. Neither answered or returned our calls.
    
Bankruptcy documents say the company owes up to 5,000 creditors, their assets are valued at $1 million to $10 million and their liabilities are more than $10 million.

Three employees of First Med filed an adversary against the company’s bankruptcy filing. They claim the company violated the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and want compensation. To read the complaint, click here.

We'll continue to follow this developing story and will let you know if and when the company returns our calls.

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