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Yonkers Nonprofit Director Pleads Guilty To Stealing From Medicaid

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YONKERS, N.Y. – The executive director of the Yonkers nonprofit organization Systems and Abilities pleaded guilty Wednesday for his part in a bid-rigging and kickback scheme, according to a press release from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

Darlington Odidika, 47, of Poughkeepsie, accepted a plea agreement that will sentence him to three months in jail and five years of probation, court records show.

Systems and Abilities was a provider in the state’s nursing home transition and diversion program.

Odidika and others involved stole nearly $22,000 that they stole from Medicaid through falsifying reports and claims, according to the attorney general's office.

“This defendant and his company stole funds from a program intended to assist the elderly and disabled to live in their own home surrounded by loved ones rather than a facility,” Schneiderman said.

“Every dollar stolen by perpetrators like Mr. Odidka impacts our state’s ability to support its neediest citizens. My office will do everything possible to ensure those monies are not sacrificed to their greed.”

Restitution is required as part of Odidika’s plea agreement; most of the money has been repaid to Medicaid, court records show.

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