The United States of America has filed charges against at least 18 Nigerian nurses for allegedly fraudulently obtaining educational credentials.
The Texas Board of Nursing charged the health workers at the District Court for the Southern District of Florida saying the nurses allegedly participated in a wire fraud scheme that created an illegal licensing and employment shortcut for aspiring nurses.
According to Premium Times, a notice posted on the Nurse Portal of the Texas Board of Nursing, on Sunday, however, said that “formal charges are not a final disciplinary action”.
It noted that a “nurse is permitted to work as a nurse while formal charges are pending”.
The notice read, “The Board has filed Formal Charges against the following nurses for fraudulently obtaining educational credentials. The Board is authorized 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.”
Some of the affected nurses are listed as follows: 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; and Afolabi, Omowunmi F, LVN #1016030
Others are Agbo, Odumegwu Steve, RN #882398; Ajibade, Charlot Omotayo, LVN #351402; Akande, Olabisi Christiana, LVN #1055270; 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.
It noted that the “list will be updated continuously as the Board receives additional information about the fraudulent diploma/transcript scheme”.