Read the story here. Advertise at Before It's News here.
Profile image
By Science and Technology
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views
Last hour:
Last 24 hours:

President and Employee of Ft. Lauderdale Business Indicted for Procuring Fraudulent Nursing Diplomas and Certificates

% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

 Miami, Florida – Today, a Miami federal grand jury returned an indictment charging two Lauderhill residents for their roles in a fraud conspiracy that sold fake nursing degrees to people who had not completed the required nursing coursework or clinicals.

According to the indictment and a previously filed criminal complaint affidavit, Geralda Adrien, 51, and Woosvelt Predestin, 35, worked for PowerfulU Health Care Services LLC.  Adrien was Powerful U’s President and Predestin was an employee. PowerfulU advertises itself on social media as a group of nurses and doctors who want to empower men and women by helping them to become health care providers.  It is alleged that Adrien and Predestin assisted various individuals in procuring fraudulent nursing diplomas and transcripts from two nursing schools in Florida by falsely documenting that the individuals had completed the necessary courses and/or clinicals to obtain nursing degrees. 

On March 18, 2021, for example, Adrien and Predestin met with an individual at the PowerfulU office and offered to sell the person a false degree, according to the criminal complaint affidavit.  It is alleged that during the meeting, Adrien explained that for $16,000, Adrien would process the applicant through a Florida nursing school that was either on probation or closed, making it appear as if the applicant had in fact attended the school.  Adrien also offered to help the individual pass the nursing board certification exam, and recommended that they take the exam in New York, as that state allows for unlimited attempts to pass.  Adrien offered to fill out the application for the individual and offered to complete two continuing education unit classes which were required to apply for admission to the New York nursing board, according to the affidavit. 

After the individual paid for the false nursing degree, it is alleged that Adrien provided a backdated diploma indicating completion of an Associate Degree in Science of Nursing and a fraudulent transcript that falsely reflected that the individual had completed approximately 72 credit hours and achieved a grade point average of 3.4.  The individual’s application for licensure, which Predestin helped complete, was later forwarded to the New York State Education Department, according to the affidavit.  It included a certification of completion two continuing educations courses-Child Abuse: New York Mandated Reporter Training and Infection Control and Barrier Precautions-that the individual had never taken.

The indictment charges Adrien and Predestin each with one count of conspiring to commit wire fraud and mail fraud.  They face up to 20 years in federal prison on each count.  

Juan Antonio Gonzalez, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami, and Omar Perez Aybar, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General, announced the charges.   

FBI Miami and HHS-OIG investigated the case, with assistance from United States Postal Inspection Service.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Clark.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole Grosnoff is handling the asset forfeiture component of the case.

This case is being prosecuted in conjunction with a related criminal investigation being conducted in the District of Maryland.

An indictment is merely a charging document and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

If you have information to report regarding this case or any other case involving falsified medical degrees, please call the FBI hotline: (410) 277-6999.


Before It’s News® is a community of individuals who report on what’s going on around them, from all around the world.

Anyone can join.
Anyone can contribute.
Anyone can become informed about their world.

"United We Stand" Click Here To Create Your Personal Citizen Journalist Account Today, Be Sure To Invite Your Friends.

Please Help Support BeforeitsNews by trying our Natural Health Products below!

Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 888-388-7003 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 888-388-7003 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Humic & Fulvic Trace Minerals Complex - Nature's most important supplement! Vivid Dreams again!

HNEX HydroNano EXtracellular Water - Improve immune system health and reduce inflammation

Ultimate Clinical Potency Curcumin - Natural pain relief, reduce inflammation and so much more.

MitoCopper - Bioavailable Copper destroys pathogens and gives you more energy. (See Blood Video)
Oxy Powder - Natural Colon Cleanser!  Cleans out toxic buildup with oxygen! 
Nascent Iodine - Promotes detoxification, mental focus and thyroid health.
Smart Meter Cover -  Reduces Smart Meter radiation by 96%!  (See Video)

Immusist Beverage Concentrate - Proprietary blend, formulated to reduce inflammation while hydrating and oxygenating the cells.

Report abuse


Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Load more ...




Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.