Cuomo Arrests Operator Of Nyc Home Health Aide Training School For Selling Phony Certifications
NEW YORK, NY (June 1, 2009) - Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the arrest of Ronald Kehinde, 59, of Woodycrest Avenue in the Bronx, for allegedly stealing more than $50,000 from Medicaid by operating a home health aide training school in the Bronx that issued phony certifications to health aides across New York City. The arrest is part of Operation Home Alone, the Attorney General’s ongoing investigation into the home health care industry.
In 2007, Cuomo’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested and charged Kehinde with grand larceny for operating an almost identical home health aide training scam. Kehinde was arrested today for the second time by Cuomo’s office, outside the courthouse following an appearance in Kings County Supreme Court on his original indictment.
According to prosecutors in the Attorney General's Office, Kehinde operated a training facility where students did not have to complete the requisite hours of training to obtain a home health aide certificate and student test results were fabricated. In addition, the indictment alleges that Kehinde stole money from individual students by charging them more to enroll than DOH-approved schools are permitted to charge.
“To unlawfully manipulate New York’s Medicaid system is a brazen abuse of our tax dollars and the public trust,” said Attorney General Cuomo. “Today’s arrest should send a message to individuals who prey on Medicaid recipients that they are neither above the law, nor out of sight. This Office will see justice through on behalf of both the beneficiaries of the Medicaid system and the taxpayers that support it.”
In 2007, the Attorney General closed down Kehinde’s first school, Bronx Institute for Career Training and Training and Development, Inc., located at 962 Ogden Avenue in the Bronx. Cuomo’s Office also brought criminal charges against Kehinde, which led the State’s Medicaid Inspector General to bar him from involvement with the State’s Medicaid system.
However, Kehinde is charged today with unlawfully operating a new training school, NCLEX Review and Preparatory Solutions, LLC. (NCLEX), at the same location. The new charges allege that Kehinde submitted a false and forged application with the New York State Department of Health (DOH) in order to open NCLEX , which did not identify Kehinde as NCLEX’s operator and director. The indictment further alleges that the school did not comply with DOH requirements for home health aide training and offered phony certifications to their students.
Kehinde was charged today with grand larceny in the second degree, offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, forgery in the second degree, five counts of falsifying business records in the first degree, and three counts of petit larceny. He was arraigned before Judge John Ingram in Kings County Supreme Court and faces a maximum of 5-15 years in prison. The investigation of NCLEX is ongoing.
The charges against the defendant are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The investigation was conducted by Special Investigators Leonard D’Alessandro and Robert Edwards, Supervising Special Auditor Investigator Thomasina Smith, and Special Auditor Investigator John Balsamo. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Kiran Heer.