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Help and hope are on the way for 102-year-old Rose Lawrence, one of hundreds of people losing their home health aides after the arrest of a Brooklyn home care agency's boss on embezzlement charges.
Rose's niece, Patricia Murphy, who lives in Texas, has arranged for a new agency to care for Lawrence, but thinks “the official response should be quicker” to the intractable scams that plague Medicaid.
“This is not the first time it’s happened,” Murphy said of the $11 million ripoff by the CEO of Brooklyn-based Hopeton Care that put her aunt’s care in jeopardy.
The Daily News reported Saturday that the alleged embezzlement by Hopeton honcho Farrah Rubani, 51, has left her company’s aides and other employees without paychecks.
“The sad thing about it is, the elderly are caught in the cross-fire and are being held held hostage — their healthcare, their food,” said Murphy.
Rose’s regular caregivers were left in the lurch over Rubani’s alleged theft of $11 million of state Medicaid money. She’s accused of using the dough to treat herself and her NYPD cop hubby to fancy cars and a Cape Cod getaway they dubbed “Rich at Heart.”
In a statement to The News on Saturday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said his office “has outreached to Attorney General [Letitia] James with the goal of assisting even further and working toward an expeditious and lasting solution.”
James’s office had no comment on the situation Saturday.
Murphy plans to press her case in person after she arrives in New York on Wednesday.
She said Rose’s regular aides, who’ve registered with a new agency, hope to return to caring for her. But right now, Murphy expects her aunt’s new agency will send new, unfamiliar aides who may at first frighten her.
“She’s 102 years of age. So when she does
not know you, she’ll scream and yell,” Murphy said.
Another health aide who works for Hopeton said she’ll continue to care for the 68-year-old wheelchair-bound man in Harlem who she’s looked after for five years – even without a paycheck – thanks to her daughter’s financial help.
“I can’t leave a patient like this,” said the aide, who asked her name not be used. Though she’s worried about how she’ll afford a MetroCard to travel to work, “I have to go back Monday.”