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Four Brooklyn senior center employees arrested

Community Board 15 member Liliya Kostyuk posed as a social worker at a Park Slope adult care center even though she didn’t have a license, prosecutors say. Community Board 15 member Liliya Kostyuk posed as a social worker at a Park Slope adult care center even though she didn’t have a license, prosecutors say. Valentina Shapran, 51, of Brooklyn falsified Medicaid forms for patients at a Park Slope adult care center, prosecutors say. Valentina Shapran, 51, of Brooklyn falsified Medicaid forms for patients at a Park Slope adult care center, prosecutors say. Larisa Rumynik, a registered nurse, falsified forms for Medicaid claims at a Park Slope adult car center, prosecutors say. Larisa Rumynik, a registered nurse, falsified forms for Medicaid claims at a Park Slope adult car center, prosecutors say.

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A program director at a Park Slope senior center allegedly pushed more than $ 1 million in shady claims through the Medicaid system, said state prosecutors, who also flagged the center on Prospect Park West for allowing unlicensed employees to work with elderly patients.

Four employees of Northern Manor Adult Day Health Care Program — including a Sheepshead Bay community board member — face felony charges following a long-running investigation by the state Attorney General.

The allegations against the employees range from grand larceny to faking paperwork.

“Employees of this program will never again be able to steal from taxpayers and deprive vulnerable New Yorkers of the care they deserve,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement.

Senior patients load a bus on Wednesday outside Northern Manor Day Health Care Program, where business continued as usual following the arrest of four employees.Doyle Murphy Senior patients load a bus on Wednesday outside Northern Manor Day Health Care Program, where business continued as usual following the arrest of four employees.

Northern’s Nanuet, N.Y.-based parent company has agreed to pay $ 6.5 million and close the facility as part of a civil settlement.

The center is part of a warren of medical services at 1 Prospect Park West, including Prospect Park Residence, a nursing home that announced in March its residents had 90 days to move out before the facility closed.

The home remained open, however, after a judge issued a temporary restraining order in June to halt the closure.

The investigation into Northern included several visits by a “healthy and vibrant senior” who went undercover to film workers falsifying records, prosecutors said.

The facility will begin shutting down as soon as the state approves its closure plan, Northern’s attorney Burt Dorfman said.

“They have fully cooperated,” Dorfman said, adding that the company gave investigators full access to its records.

Northern Manor Adult Day Health Care Program served about 100 patients a day at 1 Prospect Park West in Park Slope, but it's due to close as part of a settlement with state Attorney General.Todd Maisel/New York Daily News Northern Manor Adult Day Health Care Program served about 100 patients a day at 1 Prospect Park West in Park Slope, but it’s due to close as part of a settlement with state Attorney General.

Among the unlicensed workers named in the criminal complaint was Liliya Kostyuk, 58, a member of CB 15. Prosecutors said she posed as a social worker.

She faces a felony charge of unauthorized practice of a profession and two other center employees — Larisa Rumynik, 48, and Valentina Shapran, 51 — were accused of falsifying records.

Kostyuk declined to comment on Wednesday.

Northern’s program director, Gelena Deverman, was charged with grand larceny, accused of funneling $ 1 million in false claims to Medicaid. She faces up to 25 years behind bars.

“She didn’t make a penny,” Deverman’s attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said. “She had no financial motivation to commit this crime.”

dmmurphy@nydailynews.com


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