AG Gansler Secures Fifth Conviction in Fraudulent Nursing Certificates Case
Trials for five remaining defendants set for December 7
Baltimore, MD ( Oct. 17, 2012) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that India Lania Beauford, 25, 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 12 years and a fine of between $100 and $5,000. Sentencing for Beauford and four co-defendants who previously pleaded guilty, is scheduled for December 10 in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.
An investigation revealed that Beauford's part in the scheme involved fraudulently purchasing a nursing assistant certification. Co-defendant Natiakia Monique Sanders, 38, had solicited individuals from Baltimore to purchase fraudulent nursing assistant certifications. Sanders then provided identifying information and half of the money to Malika Yakini James, a former Administration Specialist for the Maryland Board of Nursing. James 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.
Sentencing for James, Sanders and two other co-defendants, Yolanda Terrelle Dunham and Raymonia Yvonne Foreman, both 31 and from Baltimore, has also been set for December 10. Sanders, Dunham and Foreman previously pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Bribery for purchasing fraudulent nursing assistant certification.
Trials for five of the remaining defendants, Vickeara Lashawn Green, 32; Tyesha Renee Jones, 32; Aisha Wendy Randolph, 33; Vernetta Shaquanda Hamilton, 26; and Joyce Annette Johnson, 37, all of Baltimore, are scheduled for December 7. All are charged with Conspiracy to Commit Bribery.
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 thanked Assistant Attorney General Catherine Schuster Pascale and Senior Fraud Analyst John Bettinger for their work on this case.