TX Files Charges Against Fraudulent Nurses in FL Nursing Diploma Scheme

2 Min Read Published February 21, 2023
TX Files Charges Against Fraudulent Nurses in FL Nursing Diploma Scheme

The investigation into the fraudulent nursing diploma scheme based in Florida, dubbed Operation Nightingale, continues to unfold. The Texas Board of Nursing has publicly released the names of 23 individuals who obtained fraudulent nursing degrees through the Florida nursing scheme.

Texas BON Releases Names, Files Charges

Formal charges have now been filed against the following individuals for obtaining fraudulent nursing credentials in the State of Texas in connection with the Florida scheme:

Abanda, Jacob Atambili, LVN #1054553

Abiodun, Yetunde Felicia, LVN #1043387

Addai, Agnes Fosuah, RN #941850

Adelakun, Abiodun Aveez, RN #1034998

Adelekan, Joseph Adewale, LVN #351002

Adeoye, Vivien Temitope, LVN #342620

Adewale, Modinat Abidemi, LVN#353512

Afolabi, Olufemi Toun, LVN#1009094

Afolabi, Omowunmi F, LVN #1016030

Agbo, Odumegwu Steve, RN #882398

Ajibade, Charlot Omotayo, LVN #351402

Akande, Olabisi Christiana, LVN #1055270

Akhigbe, Catherine, LVN #1049072

Akinrolabu, Folasade Margaret, LVN #1031788

Ako, Esiri Rachael, LVN# 1031788

Akpan, Rosemary Moses, #351969

Alimi, Bukola A., LVN# 1016636

Anaaba, Awingrug Musah, RN #1020740

Ani, Ndirika Justina, LVN#1046786

Anthony-Annor, Spendilove, RN #1021659

Aroh, Nchekwube C., LVN#1046089

Asanga, Albert Nshanui, LVN#1048817

Ayodeji, Sherifat Olubunmi, LVN#346176

According to the Texas Board of Nursing, the nurses are permitted to work while the formal charges are pending. However, they must show proof they met the educational requirements to become a nurse in order to retain their licenses. A quick search of the names above on Nursys does show these licenses are still active at the time of this writing. 

About “Operation Nightingale”

On January 25, 2023, the Department of Justice charged 25 people involved in selling fraudulent nursing diplomas and transcripts to over 7600 individuals. This allowed those individuals to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Both registered nursing and practical nursing degrees and transcripts were sold to these individuals.

It is reported that at least 2800 of the more than 7,600 “fake nurses” passed the NCLEX and went on to obtain fraudulent credentials. According to a statement by Special Agent in Charge Omar Perez Aybar of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), these were “willing but unqualified individuals…who so brazenly disregard the well-being of others in order to enrich themselves fraudulently.”

As the states continue to identify those who obtained the fake degrees, they are slowly releasing the names to the public and rescinding the fake licenses. Just recently, Washington released the names of 14 nurses involved in the fake nursing diploma scheme, and Delaware has annulled 26 nursing licenses in conjunction with the scheme.

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The list of fraudulent nurses will continue to be updated as new information is discovered through Operation Nightingale.

Christy Book
Christy Book
Nurse.org Contributor

Christy Book, BSN, RN, is a registered nurse from Louisiana. She has served as an assistant director of nursing, director of nursing, and divisional director of nursing in the long-term care setting. Other nursing experience includes medical-surgical, allied health instructor, and immigration. She is also an American Heart Association BLS Instructor. Christy’s passion for writing, researching, and educating others is what led her to become a nurse writer.

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