Bronx center mired in Stevenson corruption scandal shutters
A Bronx adult day care center that is embroiled in a corruption scandal involving state Assemblyman Eric Stevenson has shut its doors, the New York Daily News reported.
The New Age Social Adult Day Care Center, a senior center on Jerome Avenue that catered to adults covered by Medicaid, was empty on Tuesday morning and there was a “closed” sign on its doors, according to the Daily News. The center had been cut off from Medicaid funds as of Sunday by the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General, effectively leaving it without any clients, a source close to the Inspector General’s office told the Daily News.
Three weeks ago, Igor and Rostislav Belyansky, brothers who operated the center, were arrested on charges of bribing Stevenson to introduce legislation that would effectively eliminate competition by preventing similar senior facilities from opening in the area. The center remained open in the weeks following the arrest.
Since the center is not a nonprofit, it operated with minimal oversight.
“No one is really watching these places,” Valerie Bogart of the New York Legal Assistance Group, told the Daily News. [NYDN] –Hiten Samtani