A 4.8 billion shilling mansion and a Hollywood lifestyle for a fraudulent Kenyan nurse
In the second and final part of this series about how a Kenyan family stole 230 billion shillings from US taxpayers by filing fraudulent claims on a medical scheme for poor elderly US citizens, we explain how Faith Newton, a nurse, ran a parallel scam that mirrored a previous one that was run by her husband and managed to steal three times the sum stolen by her husband before his arrest.
Sprawling over six acres of lush green lawn in North Andover, Massachusetts, USA, sits a 10,777 square foot red brick mansion that is so well known in the world’s wealthiest country that several real estate agents have called it “the most popular house in America”.
With its nine bedrooms, six homes, four-car garage, gourmet kitchen, helicopter landing pad and backyard overlooking Lake Cochichewick, 440 Great Pond Road, as the property is called, can best be described as an over-the-top mansion, castle, or real estate suitable for celebrities or anyone with an endless supply of money.
The colonial-style house is so popular that in 2013, the American cable television company HBO decided to make it the central location of their comedy film. Clear storystarring Hollywood star Larry David, attracting interest from news networks.
But with a price tag of $2 million and located thousands of miles from Hollywood, where it would have been easier to find a buyer, the house, for years, found no one who could afford it. .
Then suddenly, on March 10, 2016, the agents selling it announced that they had found a buyer.
He wasn’t a celebrity or a famous entrepreneur. She was a nurse from Kenya. Faith Newton Kimaru, 56, had come to the United States years earlier to provide care for the elderly and had finally found her American dream – or so it seemed.
First, she spent $150,000 on a brand new white Italian-made Maserati Granturismo, with a 4.8-liter V8 engine that can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds.
She then paid for the entire house by wire transfer of $2,012,177 from her Bank of America account to attorney Robert Wyman, who then forwarded the money to property manager Anthony Dinapoli.
Mr. Dinapoli had bought the property in 2002 for $2 million and had spent more than a decade expanding and renovating it in the hopes of making a killing.
But after failing to find a buyer, he just sold it at any price as long as it wasn’t less than he paid.
Around the time the mansion was put on the market, detectives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were closing in on Faith’s husband, Francis Nderitu Kimaru, who is also a Kenyan and was wanted for fraud.
Compassionate Homecare LLC, a company the couple started in 2010, was suspected of fraudulently receiving $34 million by making sham claims to a medical insurance plan for elderly, sick and poor Americans.
With his passport frozen and unable to travel to Kenya, where he could have at least tried to get rid of US law enforcement who were on his case, Mr Kimaru opted to strike a plea bargain deal with the US government.
But, instead of keeping a low profile, his wife, who hadn’t been arrested for the scam, created a side scheme using the same tricks she had learned over time. In total, the family allegedly stole $134 million between 2010 and January last year.
Faith fraudulently made $100 million (12 billion shillings) using a network of recruiters, mules and money launderers using Arbor Homecare Services LLC, a company she started in February 2013 and has run until last year when she was arrested.
Like her husband’s business, Compassionate Homecare, also in Massachusetts and launched three years earlier, Arbor marketed itself as a home care facility that provided services to the elderly.
But unlike Compassionate Homecare, where Faith and her husband were on the list of directors, Arbor Homecare had on paper Benjamin Njoroge Muiruri as the sole owner.
The company was registered in February 2013 under number 454320346, with its physical address at 3 Court House Lane, Unit 9.
In fact, no one knew Faith was involved in any way with Arbor Homecare until she was arrested along with her employee Winnie Waruru.
“Faith Newton was co-owner and operator of Arbor Homecare Services LLC. Waruru was a licensed practical nurse employed as a home nurse in Arbor. The two engaged in a conspiracy to use Arbor to defraud Medicare of at least $100 million,” the US Department of Justice said after their arrest.
Arbor’s modus operandi was in many ways similar to that of Compassionate Homecare. The idea was to make as much money as possible from fake claims to the US Medicaid program using non-existent patients.
The program, which is funded by the states and federal government, is administered indirectly by licensed medical providers.
Providers then enroll eligible members of the population who meet the criteria established by individual states, and then bill the government for the services they provide after certification by a licensed physician.
Arbor received her certification to join the program in August 2013, just seven months after its incorporation. Faith and her accomplices immediately got to work.
First, they hired patient recruiters whose job was to scout the neighborhood for potential “patients”.
These fake patients, who in most cases were entire families, would be paid whether or not they needed health services to shut up.
Recruiters would in return earn $600 for each fake patient recruited into the program.
Millions of dollars poured in.
The money was then transferred to 40 different bank accounts to other Kenyans, including Mercy Nyagah, Andrea Njoroge, Marcus Njoroge and Benjamin Muiruri before being used to buy the luxury property or saved in trust funds.
It is not known whether Faith or her husband have ever invested their stolen money in their home country of Kenya. The Nation was unable to establish where they came from in Kenya before emigrating to the United States.
Along with the nine-bedroom mansion at 440 Great Pond Road in North Andover, Massachusetts, Faith also invested an additional $2.3 million in a five-bedroom home at 2 Woolsack Drive in Westford for her accomplices Mercy, Andrea, Marcus and Benjamin live there.
She also spent $347,074) on a three-bedroom mansion at 12 Mountain View Drive in Dracut that she put up for rent and another $116,069 on a three-bedroom house in the same neighborhood that was also put up for rent. .
The US government filed a lawsuit seeking to confiscate all of these assets and the money saved in Faith’s 40 bank accounts.
His accomplices Mercy, Andrea, Marcus and Benjamin, although not prosecuted in the robbery orchestrated by Arbor Homecare, have been put on notice in the forfeiture case.