US Charges Nigerians For ‘Fraudulently Obtaining Nursing Credentials’

Mary Ugwuanyi

The Texas board of nursing has pressed charges against some nurses for reportedly obtaining educational credentials deceitfully in the United States.

The US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) in a multi-state coordinated law enforcement action, tagged Operation Nightingale, found that some persons had obtained fraudulent nursing degree diplomas and transcripts.

The investigation which started on January 25, was targeted at uncovering fraudulent dealings where individuals acquired nursing credentials and used them to qualify to sit for the national nursing board examination.  

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The board said, “Upon successful completion of the board exam, the nursing applicants became eligible to obtain licensure in various states to work as an RN or a LPN/VN.

“The board is working, diligently, with all appropriate nursing regulatory bodies, nursing education program providers, accreditation bodies and authorities to detect, investigate and resolve these matters as quickly as possible, including seeking revocation of any licensure obtained through fraudulent means.

“The board will continue to provide more information as it becomes publicly available.”

The board, meanwhile, named about 20 nurses of Nigerian descent, who were reportedly involved in the fraudulent scheme.

Among those indicted are Abanda, Jacob Atambili, (LVN #1054553); Abiodun, Yetunde Felicia, (LVN #1043387); Addai, Agnes Fosuah, (RN #941850); Adelakun, Abiodun Aveez, (RN #1034998); Adelekan, Joseph Adewale, (LVN #351002); Adeoye, Vivien Temitope, (LVN #342620); Adewale, Modinat Abidemi, (LVN#353512); Afolabi, Olufemi Toun, (LVN#1009094); Afolabi, Omowunmi F, (LVN #1016030); Agbo, Odumegwu Steve, (RN #882398); Ajibade, Charlot Omotayo,( LVN #351402); Akande, Olabisi Christiana, (LVN #1055270). 

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Others are Akhigbe, Catherine, (LVN #1049072); Akinrolabu, Folasade Margaret, (LVN #1031788); Ako, Esiri Rachael, (LVN# 1031788); Akpan, Rosemary Moses, (#351969); Alimi, Bukola A.,(LVN# 1016636); Anaaba, Awingrug Musah, (RN #1020740); Ani, Ndirika Justina, (LVN#1046786); Anthony-Annor, Spendilove, (RN #1021659); Aroh, Nchekwube C., (LVN#1046089); Asanga, Albert Nshanui, (LVN#1048817) and ; Ayodeji, Sherifat Olubunmi, (LVN#346176).

The board added, “The board has filed formal charges against the following nurses for fraudulently obtaining educational credentials. The board is authorised to file formal charges against a nurse if probable cause exists that the nurse has committed an act listed in Tex. Occ. Code §301.452(b) or that violates other law. See Tex. Occ. Code §301.458.

“Further, formal charges are publicly available. See Tex. Occ. Code §301.466(b). Please note that formal charges are not a final disciplinary action, and a nurse is permitted to work, as a nurse, while formal charges are pending. This list will be updated continuously as the board receives additional information about the fraudulent diploma/transcript scheme.”

Source: Cable

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