People who enjoy caring for others can have a rewarding career as a home health aide. Those who choose the profession take care for vulnerable patients who suffer from chronic illnesses or disabilities, are elderly, or need care in their own homes. Even though they serve as an important resource for doctors and nurses, the career does not pay very well. A Peekskill, New York home healthcare employer committed unemployment fraud by neglecting to pay his home health aides. (He took advantage of his employees’ loyalty and put his vulnerable clients at risk.)

The Northern Westchester, New York home health company’s owner hired home health aides over two-and-a-half years to provide basic assistance to patients including services such as dressing, bathing and preparation of meals. (But, here’s the problem – the business owner neglected to pay his aides, setting off a chain reaction of employees refusing to work. That obviously created a predicament for the patients who needed personalized care.)

The home healthcare company owner defrauded the New York State unemployment insurance contribution system by falsifying business records, such as W-2 forms, and reported wages that he never paid to his employees.

The 67-year-old company owner was sentenced to one year in jail for neglecting to pay more than $135,000 in wages to 67 employees. (I wonder how many patients were impacted.) He was also ordered to pay full restitution in the amount of $135,161.79 in back wages to his employees. (This is in addition to $66,000 he owes the state’s unemployment insurance program.)

This fraudster took advantage of the state’s unemployment insurance fund, that provides basic protections for all employees. (Thankfully, today’s article does not mention that any patients were harmed due to the home healthcare company owner’s neglect to pay wages.) Congratulations to the team of investigators and prosecutors who fought for the home healthcare aides who deserve to earn a living for providing such a valuable service to vulnerable citizens.

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Peekskill Home Health Agency Owner Convicted of $135K Wage Theft,” published by Peekskill Daily Voice on September 27, 2017.

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – A Northern Westchester employer has been sentenced to jail time after pleading guilty to his involvement in a scheme to induce health care workers to provide home health care services without pay.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced on Wednesday that 67-year-old Arthur Anyah, the owner of Mical Home Health Care Agency, Inc. in Peekskill, has been sentenced to one year in jail after defrauding 67 employees out of more than $135,000 in wages after pleading guilty last July.

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Larry Benson, Senior Director of Strategic Alliances, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Government

Larry Benson is responsible for developing strategic partnerships and solutions for the government vertical. His expertise focuses on how government programs are defrauded by criminal groups, and the approaches necessary to prevent them from succeeding.

Mr. Benson has 30 years of experience in sales and business development. Before joining LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, he spent 12 years founding and managing two software technology startups. During the 1990s he spent 10 years as a Regional Director helping to grow a New England-based technology company from 300 employees to 7,000. He started his career with Martin Marietta Aerospace working on laser guided weapons and day/night vision systems.

A sought-after speaker and accomplished writer, Mr. Benson is the principal author of “Fraud of the Day,” a website dedicated to educating government officials about how criminals are defrauding government programs. He has co-authored WTF? Where’s the Fraud? How to Unmask and Stop Identity Fraud’s Drain on Our Government, and Data Personified, How Fraud is Changing the Meaning of Identity.

Benson holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Albright College, and earned two graduate degrees – a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Engineering from Lehigh University.