Ex-director of hospital jailed for second fraud Ansari violated parole, falsifying more resumes

July 03, 1996|By Michael James | Michael James,SUN STAFF

A phony psychologist who used falsified resumes to land high-paying jobs got his foot in the door again yesterday -- but this time it was a jail cell.

Haroon R. Ansari, 36, was sentenced to 10 days in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center for violating his Maryland probation by using a phony resume to get an $87,000-a-year job as an executive with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan.

"Perhaps a few days in the cooler will convince Mr. Ansari that we are serious when we talk about zero tolerance for health care fraud -- whatever form it might take," said Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr.

Mr. Ansari caused a scandal here with his resignation in August 1994 after state officials learned he had duped them into hiring him to oversee Crownsville Hospital Center and its $24 million budget.

He had told Maryland officials he held a doctorate in educational psychology and two master's degrees, and they believed him without checking.

He ran Crownsville for six months but eventually was exposed by suspicious co-workers. He pleaded guilty in April 1995 to violating the state's personnel law by falsifying his credentials and was sentenced to five years' probation. A condition of his probation was that he had to be "completely truthful" on any future job applications.

But within a week of the plea agreement, he submitted another LTC phony resume -- this time to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan. Like Maryland officials, the company didn't check the resume -- in which he fabricated job experiences and exaggerated his education -- and hired him as "associate director of their Blue Care Network," the attorney general's office reported.

In April of this year, Ansari applied for a promotion to be the company's chief operating officer and submitted "yet another false resume," prosecutors said.

The latest resume -- this time screened by the company -- listed employment at various government and private health care organizations that didn't exist or had never heard of him.

Ansari was fired and charged with violating his probation by failing to remain truthful on job applications.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Clayton Greene reinstated his criminal conviction and sent him to jail.

Pub Date: 7/03/96

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