Haredi businessman Elly Kleinman's Americare was fined $7 million in 2005 and $8 million in 2008 for falsely obtaining Medicaid and state funds. Then in late December 2012, Americare was accused by whistleblowers of using various tricks to double bill Medicare – a charge Americare denies. With a track record like this, why are New York politicians posing for pictures with Elly Kleinman?
L-R: NYC Councilperson Mark Weprin; Elly Kleinman CEO Americare - Ohel Gala Chairman; US Congressman Jerrold Nadler; and NY State Assemblyman David Weprin at Ohel's Gala fundraising dinner earlier this month.
Haredi businessman Elly Kleinman's Americare was fined $7 million in 2005 after New York State investigators found Americare billed for bogus hours at adult homes for eight years.
In 2008, Americare was fined $8 million by New York State for falsely claiming home health aides had been trained to care for Medicaid patients when they had not actually had proper training.
Then in late December 2012, Americare was accused by whistleblowers of using various tricks to double bill Medicare – including allegedly telling a family to erect a wall to divide their Brooklyn home so they could get two home healthcare aides instead of one, a charge Americare denies.
So with a track record like this, why are politicians like NYC Councilperson Mark Weprin (D), US Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D, NY), and NY State Assemblyman David Weprin (D) posing for pictures with Elly Kleinman like the one posted above?
Ohel – and Kleinman's money.
The photograph posted above was taken at Ohel's recent gala fundraising dinner, which Kleinman chaired.
Besides his prominent role in Ohel, Kleinman also has an entire campus of Lakewood Yeshiva named after his family.
In haredi society, defrauding government programs is not reason enough to stop honoring the rich men who do it, and the message haredi children get is that, in their community, crime pays.
Reenforcing that horrible idea are these politicians.
In the cesspool that is New York State and Brooklyn politics, smiling and posing next to a man whose company has been caught twice taking money from government programs that it did not legally qualify for, and by doing so helping to create more children who will choose to lead a less than honest life, is not a political liability.