Seattle Nursing Home Settles $8 Million Lawsuit in Sexual Assault Case

This is an update of a post I wrote in the summer of 2019.

Nursing Assistant Arrested for Raping Disabled Woman in Care Facility

At the time, I could not find a photo of the alleged rapist, but thanks to the woman’s brother who set up a hidden camera in her room we now have this photo:

The quote is from the victim.

 

First watch the news report at Seattle’s KIRO7 shortly after the arrest of Nshimiyiana Hamzat who I suspect is Nigerian.

You will see (hear from their accent) that the white victim and her brother are immigrants themselves perhaps from Eastern Europe.

‘They must change’: Seattle woman, brother speak after hidden camera nursing home rape arrest

 

SEATTLE — KIRO 7 first told you earlier this month that prosecutors had charged 29-year-old nursing assistant, Nshimiyiana Hamzat, with second-degree rape after they said he was captured on hidden camera repeatedly raping a disabled patient in his care at Foss Home and Village in North Seattle.

Hamzat is currently booked in the King County Jail.

Charging papers say the hidden camera was disguised as a phone charger and placed in the room at Foss Home and Village nursing home, unbeknownst to the victim by her brother, who she had told about the alleged sexual abuse after initially suffering in silence.

That woman and her brother, whose identities we’re concealing given the allegations, are now sharing their stories for the first time with KIRO 7 in hopes of creating change at the nursing home that KIRO 7 recently learned is tied to another Seattle police investigation involving the reported sexual assault of a 93-year-old woman.

They also shared screenshots of the video they said was turned over to Seattle police that led to the rape charges.

“I asked him, what are you doing to me? He said back to me, ‘I’m trying to help you, I’m trying to clean you’,” said the victim in an interview with KIRO 7. “It was really terrible.”

 

Watch the news clip to see the camera (you might need one someday!) used by the victim’s brother who said it made him sick to see what it recorded.

The video shows she was raped twice a day on two different days.

Here is the latest news from last week. It is an Associated Press story they condensed from the Seattle Times.  The AP story might actually be distributed widely throughout the country.

Seattle Nursing Home to Pay $8M in Sexual Assault Lawsuit

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle nursing home’s insurer has agreed to pay $8 million to settle a lawsuit brought on behalf of a disabled woman who was sexually assaulted while in the facility’s care.

Foss Home and Village agreed to settle the 2019 lawsuit claiming the facility was negligent in its hiring and its failure to have a system in place that ensured the plaintiff’s care was “monitored and properly supervised.”

The lawsuit was filed after the woman, who is in her 50s with multiple sclerosis, told relatives about the abuse. One relative placed a hidden camera in her room, the Seattle Times reported.

The video captured the woman being repeatedly raped by a male employee, according to King County prosecutors who charged Nshimiyiana Hamzat with rape and indecent liberties two years ago.

Hamzat remains in jail awaiting trial.

More here.

See also the Seattle Times story where the victim’s attorney is quoted:

Seattle nursing home settles lawsuit for $8 million after worker allegedly raped woman repeatedly

“They had one male staffer cleaning the genitalia of disabled females,” said plaintiff’s attorney Darrell L. Cochran who worked on the case with attorney Kevin Hastings. “That’s a terribly dangerous practice.”  [There should be a law in fact, that vulnerable women are only cared for by other women!-ed]

And, a warning to all:

Cochran said that while the $8 million settlement got Foss’ attention, “everyone should be on the alert for their elderly family and friends because sometimes assistant living homes have good policies but really bad practices.”

This is not the only case of rape allegations in care facilities we have reported.

See a similar case in Minnesota just last month where a son set up a surveillance camera because he feared Mom was being abused.

Minnesota (again!): Nursing Home Aide Arrested on Charges He Raped Dementia Patient

 

One of the supposed benefits of mass migration that the Left is pushing is their bright idea that they will train more immigrants to care for America’s elderly.  I shudder at the thought.

See my tag ‘Elder Abuse’ for more dreadful cases.

 

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Minnesota (again!): Nursing Home Aide Arrested on Charges He Raped Dementia Patient

I don’t know if you have been seeing the stories about how we need more refugees and immigrants so that they can become our caregivers as we age, but I have.

Those warm and fuzzy stories are everywhere, and frankly it gives me the creeps because stories like this one are everywhere too!

(I have a bunch of news items I’ve tagged ‘elder abuse’ here at Frauds and Crooks.)

Please keep an eye on your vulnerable momma!  This son did!

Maybe there should be laws in each state that prohibit men from caring for women in nursing homes.

From Fox News (hat tip: Sara):

Son catches Minnesota senior home worker sexually assaulting 83-year-old mom on webcam: reports

A Minnesota senior home employee was caught sexually assaulting an 83-year-old woman, who has Alzheimer’s disease, when her son checked in on her via webcam Monday night, according to reports.

New American Olabamidele Olumide Bewaji

The son said he remotely witnessed 52-year-old Olabamidele Olumide Bewaji caress and undress his mother before sexually assaulting her twice in her room at the Pillars of Mankato Senior Living home, the Mankato Free Press reported, citing a court complaint.

He told investigators that he used a speaker on the camera to demand Bewaji stop, according to the complaint. Bewaji eventually stopped, but the son noted he did so slowly.

Police found the victim partially dressed and said she was confused as to what happened, the paper reported.

Bewaji, who works at the facility, initially denied the sexual assault, the Southern Minnesota News reported, citing the criminal complaint, but he later admitted to the sexual abuse after learning investigators would conduct a search warrant.

Bewaji also told police that he had sex with the woman last month and understood that she was a vulnerable adult, the reports said. He claimed that the octogenarian had initiated the sexual acts.

Nigerian!

As usual our press never mentions the nationality of perps like this one, but the African media usually does!

Nigerian arrested in US for raping 83-year-old American Woman

Thank God for the poor woman’s son! Not only will he see justice for his mother, but he possibly saved other vulnerable senior women from the same fate.

Kansas Assisted Living Facility Sued in Dementia Patient Rape Case

I’ve been so busy writing about the fraud surrounding the election of Chairman Joe, I haven’t been tracking the crime cases that might interest you.

Cases like this one that will never appear in the mainstream media for reasons that will become obvious when you read it!

As we have said many times, it is critically important for everyone who must place a loved one in a care home of any sort, to keep a watchful eye on that vulnerable senior or dementia patient. Visit often and visit at odd times!

This story from Kansas is sickening.

From McKnight’s Senior Living:

Operator faces $1.5M wrongful death lawsuit over failure to conduct timely background check

A Kansas assisted living community is facing a $1.5 million wrongful death lawsuit alleging “grossly wanton and negligent” actions in failing to conduct a timely background check on an employee now charged with raping a resident.

None that I could find anyway! Muhammed Qadeer Akram

The complaint againstThe Mapletonin Andover, KS, alleges that a “brutal rape” of a 68-year-old former resident by a former certified nursing assistant with a history of sexual assaults was a contributing factor in the woman’s death in August.

According to the complaint, the resident’s diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia “robbed her of her ability to advocate for herself, meet her basic hygienic needs or feed herself.” She moved into the community in March 2020.

That summer, according to the lawsuit, the woman’s daughter contacted the Kansas Department of Aging and the Andover Police Department, where she filed an abuse and neglect case. The daughter pursued the action after a hospice nurse noticed that the resident’s face and pubic region had been shaved and the facility did not provide answers to questions about who accessed her mother’s room. The daughter moved her mother to another senior living community in early August. The woman died Aug. 25.

The complaint states that Kim Dobbin, operator of the community, eventually told the police that an employee, Muhammed Qadeer Akram, admitted to shaving the resident “to make it easier to keep her clean.” The state investigator recommended the woman undergo a sexual assault exam, which revealed Akram’s DNA. He now is criminally charged with raping a mentally deficient victim. [You might want to look into information on the Islamic practice of shaving pubic hair. -ed]

He had a criminal background!

The state investigation also revealed that Mapleton did not check Akram’s criminal background until June 24, six months after he began caring for residents. A state cursory background check revealed that Akram had a 2005 rape allegation and a 2006 sexual battery charge, and that the Kansas Board of Healing Arts ruled in 2008 that he should have limited interactions with female patients after “allegations of sexual misconduct.” In 2009, Akram’s petition to terminate the limitations on his license was granted by the board.

Akram also previously had been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit food stamp fraud, food stamp fraud and wire fraud.

 

The Wichita Eagle did a really big story on the case which I didn’t see until moments ago as I was ready to post this.  See how persistent the daughter was!  Check it out for more details.

I was looking for something else to illustrate how important it is to keep an eye on vulnerable seniors and came across this short, apparently British, video about physical abuse of seniors and other vulnerable people.

It is all commonsense, but still helpful.

 

Illinois: Nursing Home Sued Over Abuse of Elderly Dementia Patient

“You just can’t believe you’re seeing this. You think your mom is safe and now this is going on.”

(Joan Biebel, Margaret Collins’ daughter)

Here is the pair of aides who taunted a 91-year-old patient in their care at a Chicago area nursing home, filmed their sick game and posted it on Snapchat.

Montesa and Lopez
Jamie Montesa and Brayan Cortez will be in court later this month. Not only are the pair uncaring and mean-spirited, they are stupid for posting their ‘game’ on the internet.

The first version of the story I saw yesterday was at a UK publication.

What! People in the UK know about this and we don’t!  But, this morning I see the story was reported locally.

Any sign of it on national news?  CNN? MSNBC? Probably not because here (dare I say it!) we have brown people torturing a little old white lady which doesn’t fit the mainstream media narrative!

Before I get to one local story (very few posted photos of Montesa and Cortez), be sure to see my previous posts on elder abuse in the case of Billy Chemirmir who was allegedly   murdering elderly women in assisted living homes in Texas, and the case in North Carolina where a Guatemalan ‘caregiver’ was sexually assaulting vulnerable women in his care.

And, then there was the rape case at a nursing home in Seattle, see here.

Is there an epidemic of abuse, even murder, going on in American nursing homes?

We are constantly bombarded with news about vulnerable women and children crossing our southern border, but what about our own vulnerable senior citizens! Why aren’t we hearing about them!

From WGN9-TV,

Nursing home sued after video shows staff taunting elderly woman

 

GLENVIEW, Ill. — A Glenview nursing home was sued after caregivers posted Snapchat videos of themselves taunting a 91-year-old dementia patient.

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Margaret Collins, a 91-year-old great-Grandmother was treated inhumanely by supposed nurse’s aides.

The short Snapchat video shows 91-year-old Margaret Collins who has dementia. In the video, it said “Margaret hates gowns!” with two laughing and crying emojis. It showed a certified nursing assistant repeatedly putting a hospital gown on top of an elderly woman while she tries to wave it away.

“You just can’t believe you’re seeing this,” Joan Biebel, Collins’ daughter, said. “You think your mom is safe and now this is going on. You’re just trying to figure out what the heck is happening here.”

The incident happened last December at the Abington of Glenview nursing and rehab center. Family members said staff knew that Collins did not like hospital gowns and preferred to wear her own clothes.

Brayan Cortez and Jamie Montesa were both charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Police said Cortez was in the video and Montesa recorded it and they said she told investigators she had recorded video of Collins in her wheelchair once before.

“If they’re in her room, they should’ve been there for a reason to help, her assist her, not to exploit her and threaten her and demean her and post it on social media,” Biebel said.

The Abington

Now, the family is suing the nursing home, its parent company and the workers. The lawsuit seeks more than a million dollar in damages.

Administrators said in a statement:

“The privacy and dignity of our residents are of the utmost concern at The Abington. Recently, two employees were immediately terminated when it was determined that they violated our standards and policies.”

Police reports said Cortez and Montesa did initially return to work after serving a six day suspension. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported administrators initially concluded the allegations were unfounded after co-workers vouched for the pair.

“This was a sick game that two CNAs tried to play for their own enjoyment and by filing this lawsuit and pursing this lawsuit we will prevent this from happening to other individuals in this facility, as well as other facilities across the state,” John Perconti, attorney, said.

The state found Abington failed to implement its abuse prevention policy. Family members moved Collins to another facility, but they say her health has deteriorated.

My best advice for any of you who must put your loved one in a nursing facility is to check it out carefully and visit often and without notice. If you can’t do that all the time, find friends and relatives who will visit the patient at odd hours.

And, even if your family member or friend has dementia, listen to them if they show signs of fear or complain in any way about their care.  (Finally someone listened in the North Carolina case!)  Perhaps even look into getting a camera for the room if you are suspicious about nurses, nurses aides, and others with access to your loved one.

How Two Massive Fraud Cases Intersected

Because the cases are instructive and because, yes, I do write from time to time about American frauds and crooks not just the ‘New American’ variety, here is an extensive piece at the LA Times about how perhaps the largest Medicare fraud case in US history intersected with the College Admissions scam involving the rich and well-connected.

Philip Esformes
Philip Esformes before the fall.  As a flight risk he has been behind bars since July 2016 awaiting sentencing in September.

Now if only a paper with the stature of the LA Times would put an investigative journalist to work on the Kenyan Killer case where as one reader pointed out it would be difficult for the alleged prolific killer Billy Chemirmir to pawn that much jewelry without help, a network of criminals (dependent on old ladies being murdered) might be exposed.
I’ve reported previously on the case of Philip Esformes who ran a nursing home empire built on defrauding you and me, American taxpayers, but haven’t written about the Singer scam designed for elites to get their little darlings into top tier colleges.

FBI found clues to college admissions scandal years earlier in massive Medicare fraud case

 

Federal authorities were combing through the finances and phone records of a Miami businessman suspected of Medicare fraud when they came across a curious name: Rick Singer.

Rick Singer
Rick Singer https://www.foxnews.com/us/who-is-william-rick-singer-college-admissions-cheating-scandals-alleged-ringleader

Philip Esformes, who was accused of farming out patients from his nursing homes to steal millions in bogus insurance claims, had sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to a foundation Singer controlled. And in text messages discovered on Esformes’ phone, the men discussed how one of Esformes’ sons had performed on his college entrance exams.
Only years later would authorities learn what Esformes had paid Singer to do: Slip his daughter into USC as a fake soccer player and fix his youngest son’s college entrance exam, according to statements a prosecutor made in court and sources familiar with the case.
Singer has said he struck similar deals with dozens more parents, an admission that has roiled higher education and implicated elites from Hollywood, Silicon Valley and the Newport coast.
But in 2016, when agents seized the iPhone Esformes used to text Singer and obtained their messages, Singer was a peripheral, if curious, player in an enormous healthcare fraud investigation. The Esformes case marks the first time Singer is known to have crossed the radar of law enforcement.

[….]

It is unclear how much federal authorities uncovered of Esformes’ dealings with Singer while investigating his case. But at his trial in March, a fraud expert used by the government to make sense of his finances testified that Esformes had made $400,000 in payments over several years to Singer’s foundation. At least some of the money was traced to Medicaid and Medicare funds, the expert testified.

Too funny! Esformes paid Singer $400,000 and his daughter did get into USC as a fake soccer player, but get this…

The daughter, who could not be reached for comment, was enrolled at USC for a year before transferring to a fashion school in New York City, according to a source with knowledge of the case and her LinkedIn profile.

There is much more, continue reading here.