Lyubov Beylina was allegedly visiting the Dominican Republic while billing taxpayers for bogus therapy sessions.

Eastern District Court Papers

Complaint: Therapists took tropical vacations while scamming New York taxpayers

October 04, 2018 - 12:49 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- They were supposed to be helping children, but authorities say they were helping themselves to cold hard cash.

Eight therapists with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars by falsifying reports about appointments that never took place.

A complaint filed with the Eastern District of New York names Kaderrah Doyle, Cara Steinberg, Marina Golfo, Ego Onaga, Lyubov Beylina, Danielle Scopinich, Patricia Hakim, and Enock Mensah as participants in a scam that involved fraudulent billing through the state's early intervention program for developmentally delayed children.

“These eight therapists shamefully benefited by stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funds while developmentally disabled and delayed children in their care were denied thousands of crucial therapy sessions, according to the charges,” DOI Commissioner Peters said. 

Authorities say the suspects claimed to be providing physical, occupational, and speech therapy for children while they were actually working other jobs, traveling outside of the New York area, and in some cases weren't even in the country.

The complaint claims that on more than 500 occasions, Doyle was nowhere near the location of the purported therapy session. Doyle is also accused of forging the signatures of parents, teachers, and daycare providers. At other times Doyle has been accused of filling out reports for sessions in different locations at the same time.

Authorities allege that Beylina and Hakim were out of the country when they claimed therapy sessions were taking place.

Hakim is accused of visiting Ireland and Spain -- according to airline records -- while submitting fraudulent invoices. Beylina was allegedly photographed in the Dominican Republic during a time period that she claimed to be in New York conducting therapy sessions.

Golfo is accused of making off with the biggest haul, taking an alleged $146,000 in city funds and an additional $10,000 in Medicaid.