Three Charged At Daytop Village
Three clinical counselors at Daytop Village on Beach 65 Street in Arverne, which provides substance abuse treatment to adults and teens, have been charged with insurance fraud, conspiracy and other crimes for allegedly filing false progress reports with the courts on behalf of a patient in exchange for his obtaining for them what they believed to be stolen merchandise.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown identified the defendants as Kasheen Bolden, 40, of Brooklyn, Claudette Fickling, 60, of Long Island, and Miguel Aviles, 46, of New Jersey.
The defendants are variously charged with third-degree insurance fraud, firstdegree offering a false instrument for filing, first- and second-degree falsifying business records, third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, fifthdegree conspiracy, fourth-degree criminal facilitation, fifth-degree attempted criminal possession of stolen property and attempted petit larceny.
If convicted, each of the defendants faces up to seven years in prison.
Brown said, “The defendants are accused of using their positions of trust as drug counselors for personal gain. Their alleged actions undermine the entire purpose of Daytop Village’s mis- sion to help individuals end their dependence on drugs and, for many, a revolving door of incarceration. In this case, not only did the defendants allegedly commit criminal acts, they failed the patient by permitting him to avoid treatment for their own personal gain.”
Brown added that the three defendants were employed as clinical counselors at Daytop Village’s Adult Intake and Assessment Unit.
An individual who is sent to Daytop by any Criminal, County, Supreme or District Court in the State of New York initially goes to the Arverne location for assessment and treatment by clinical counselors. Progress reports are then filed with the New York State Unified Court System.
According to the charges, between May 2010 and July 2011, Bolden, Fickling and Aviles provided unauthorized benefits to a patient – such as not having to stay at the facility, attend therapy sessions or take mandatory urine tests – and filed false progress reports with the court on his behalf in exchange for his obtaining for them what they believed to be stolen merchandise – such as laundry detergent, tools and computers.
The District Attorney noted that the investigation was continuing.