3 sentenced for roles in nursing scam

BALTIMORE -  

  Three Baltimore women were sentenced for their roles in a scheme to provide over 150 phony nursing assistant certifications to unqualified applicants.
 
  India Lania Beauford, 25, Joyce Annette Johnson, 38, and Yolanda Terrelle Dunham, 31, all of Baltimore, were each sentenced for their roles in the scam to buy and sell bogus nursing assistant certifications issued by the Maryland Board of Nursing. The various sentences included three years of unsupervised probation, fines and community service. 
 
  An investigation revealed that Natiakia Monique Sanders, 38, would solicit people from Baltimore to buy fake nursing assistant certifications. She then sent their information and half of the money to Malika Yakini James who worked at 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 unqualified applicants. Beauford, Dunham and Johnson bought fake certifications, bypassing a Board-approved course, a practical and written exam, and a criminal background check. 
 
  Sentencing for James, Sanders and another co-defendant, Raymonia Yvonne Foreman, 32, has been set for March 6, 2013. Sanders and Foreman had pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Bribery for purchasing a fraudulent nursing assistant certification. Conspiracy to Commit Bribery carries a term of imprisonment between two and twelve years and a fine of between $100 and $5,000.
 
  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.
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