Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has a long way to go to fill his predecessor Andrew Cuomo’s shoes, but he announced an indictment today that will certainly keep a crew of criminal defense attorneys busy over the next few months. The indictment, the culmination of a significant investigation where undercover investigators posed as potential nursing students, accuses eleven defendants of operating a fraudulent nursing school and college scheme. The defendants are charged with Grand Larceny in the Third Degree (NY PL 155.35) as well as Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree (NY PL 190.65). A “D” felony, Grand Larceny in the Third Degree is punishable by up to seven years in state prison while Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree is an “E” felony punishable by up to four years in state prison.
It is alleged that the defendants, Robinson Akenami (owner and operator of Helping Angels Foundation of America (HAFA)), Jocelyn Allrich (owner and operator of Hope-VTEC Hope-VTEC a/k/a J. Allrich Productions, Inc., Hope Nursing Tutorial Services, and Tutorial Nursing Prep), Nadege Auguste (owner and operator of VTEC-NY, Inc. a/k/a Life-VTEC), Andre Castage (an Administrator and Admissions Director at International Language and Professional Network, Inc. (ILPN)), Carline D’Haiti (operator of Envision Review Center), Salavatrice Gaston (a second operator of Envision Review Center), Anthony Myers (an administrator and ILPN’s Admissions Director), Rodye Paquiot (an executive at ILPN), Carl Lee Sellers (the Administrator of Hope-VTEC), Frantz Simeon (owner and Executive Director of ILPN) and Jude Valles (established the VTEC franchise) each perpetrated various frauds on unsuspecting students. It is claimed that these men and women lied to students about critical educational issues such as the schools accreditations and that students would be eligible to sit for the New York State Nursing Board Exam (NCLEX).
As a result of this alleged deception, AG Schneiderman’s troops claim that the defendants and their schools snookered $6 million from students in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. Individually, some students paid up to $20,000 for the valueless degrees and were not eligible to take the Nursing Board Exam or become LPNs or RNs.
Extensive information on New York Grand Larceny crimes can be found through the hyperlink. Additional information on this crime as well as Scheme to Defraud and other criminal offenses can be found on the New York Criminal Lawyer Blog (NewYorkCriminalLawyerBlog.Com) or the Crotty Saland PC website.
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