FORMER PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF MEDICAID-FUNDED HOME ATTENDANT SERVICE SENTENCED IN MANHATTAN FEDERAL COURT TO 20 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR STEALING OVER $800,000

United States Attorney
Southern District of New York
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
APRIL 26, 2011 ELLEN DAVIS, JERIKA RICHARDSON

PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, and ROSE GILL HEARN, the
Commissioner of the New York City Department of Investigation
(“DOI”), announced today that O’DELL HOLLAND was sentenced in
Manhattan federal court to 20 months in prison for stealing over
$800,000 from the Tremont Community Council Home Attendant
Program, Inc. (“Tremont”), a nonprofit home attendant program
servicing elderly and disabled individuals in the Bronx, New
York. HOLLAND, the former Program Director of Tremont,
previously pled guilty in April 2010 to one count of
embezzlement. United States District Judge ROBERT W. SWEET
imposed the sentence.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney PREET BHARARA stated: “O’Dell
Holland stole hundreds of thousands of precious Medicaid dollars
that were intended for the elderly and disabled clients of the
program he administered. At a time of shrinking budgets and
scarce resources, his conduct is particularly egregious. Now he
will pay for his crimes.”
DOI Commissioner ROSE GILL HEARN stated: “Nonprofit
insiders who use their public funds as personal stockpiles of
cash face one fate: arrest, prosecution, and likely prison time.
Today, this defendant was called to account for stealing more
than $800,000 from a Medicaid-funded nonprofit to benefit
himself, thereby depriving the nonprofit’s elderly and disabled
clients. This outcome is the result of DOI’s continued
partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern
District in ferreting out this type of abuse.”
According to documents previously filed in Manhattan
federal court and statements HOLLAND made at his guilty plea
proceeding:
From January 2004 through June 2008, Tremont contracted
with the New York City Human Resources Administration (“HRA”) to
provide home attendant services to Medicaid-eligible, elderly,
and disabled individuals in the Bronx. The program’s July 2007
contract with the City was valued at over $445,000, a substantial
portion of which consisted of Medicaid funds. When the contract
concluded in June 2008, Tremont was providing home attendant
services, including general housekeeping services, to
approximately 200 clients. HOLLAND served as the Program
Director of Tremont from 2002 through mid-2008, and was paid
approximately $76,000 by the program in 2007.
As Program Director, HOLLAND caused over $800,000
belonging to Tremont to be diverted to his personal benefit. He
made multiple unauthorized wire transfers from a Tremont account
to a personal account in his name, and wrote multiple checks
payable to himself on the Tremont account. These wire transfers
and checks totaled in excess of $570,000. HOLLAND also made
unauthorized wire transfers totaling approximately $135,000 from
the program’s account to an architect to pay for renovations and
other architectural work at a nightclub in the Bronx and at a
residence in Pomona, New York, both of which he owned. Finally,
HOLLAND had hundreds of thousands of dollars transferred from
that account to accounts held by a Manhattan law firm and one of
its principals. Over $100,000 of that money was subsequently
transferred to him or to third parties on his behalf through
checks drawn on an escrow account in the law firm’s name.
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In addition to the prison term, Judge SWEET sentenced
HOLLAND, 39, of New York, New York, to three years of supervised
release and ordered him to pay restitution and forfeiture each in
the amount of $807,000.
Mr. BHARARA praised the investigative work of DOI.
The prosecution is being handled by the Office’s Public
Corruption Unit. Assistant United States Attorney BRENT WIBLE is
in charge of the prosecution.
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