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For Immediate Release

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David Paulson, 410-576-6357
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AG Gansler Secures Fourth Guilty Plea in Nursing Certifications Scheme
Trial next week for six others facing bribery charge

Baltimore, MD (June 14, 2012) -Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Raymonia Yvonne Foreman, 31, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Bribery for her role in a scheme to buy and sell fraudulent nursing assistant certifications issued by the Maryland Board of Nursing. Conspiracy to Commit Bribery carries a term of imprisonment between two and twelve years and a fine of between $100 and $5,000. Sentencing for Foreman and three co-defendants who previously pleaded guilty is scheduled for September 17 in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.

An investigation revealed that Natiakia Monique Sanders would solicit individuals from Baltimore to purchase fraudulent nursing assistant certifications. She then provided identifying information and half of the money to Malika Yakini James, a former Administration Specialist for the Maryland Board of Nursing. James previously pleaded guilty to accepting the money in exchange for accessing the Board of Nursing databases and illegally issuing over 150 fraudulent nursing assistant and geriatric nursing assistant certifications to individuals who were not qualified to receive them. Foreman purchased a fraudulent certification.

James, Sanders and another co-defendant, Yolanda Terrelle Dunham, 31, will be sentenced on September 17. Sanders and Dunham had pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Bribery for purchasing a fraudulent nursing assistant certification.

Trials for six of the remaining defendants -- Vickeara Lashawn Green, 32; Tyesha Renee Jones, 32; Aisha Wendy Randolph, 33; Vernetta Shaquanda Hamilton, 26; India Lania Beauford, 24, and Joyce Annette Johnson, 37, all of Baltimore -- are scheduled for June 19. A motion to join the trials into one proceeding is pending. All are charged with Conspiracy to Commit Bribery with Sanders and James.

In order to receive a nursing assistant certification, an individual must take a Board-approved course, pass a practical and written exam, and be subject to a criminal background check.

The case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Maryland Attorney General's Office with assistance from the Maryland Board of Nursing and the Maryland State Police. Attorney General Gansler would like to thank Assistant Attorney General Catherine Schuster Pascale and Senior Fraud Analyst John Bettinger for their work on this case.

   

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