FBCSO arrests one in CPR certification fraud investigation

By R. Hans Miller, News Editor
Posted 10/14/21

Ubadire Sampson Anosike, a resident of the Cinco Ranch area of Fort Bend County, was arrested Sept. 30 for issuing falsified CPR certification cards.

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Ubadire Sampson Anosike, a resident of the Cinco Ranch area of Fort Bend County, was arrested Sept. 30 for issuing falsified CPR certification cards.

“The people that were buying these cards are people that are employees of employers that require this card to administer CPR or life-saving techniques,” FBCSO Lieutenant Rodney Glendening said during a Thursday afternoon press conference. “These cards were bought from a person without any training, without any instructions and merely by the mere presence of showing up.”

Anosike has been released on $1,000 bond but faces charges of Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identification Information, a felony punishable by up to two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000, according to an FBCSO press release that followed the conference.

Glendening said investigators had been alerted to the crime by Erica Washington, a nurse and owner of Genesis Education and Training out of Wharton, Texas. Washington had reported to the FBCSO that her information had been found on falsified cards using her instructor identifier. As a result, the company reviewing the document contacted her and she reached out to law enforcement for assistance. During the resulting investigation, an undercover officer went to Anosike’s Cinco Ranch home and was able to purchase a falsified CPR card within 10 minutes and with no instruction or CPR-related documentation provided to him. At that time, Glendening said, Anosike was arrested without incident.

“This gentleman – I have no idea who he is,” Washington, who also spoke at the press conference, said. “I don’t know how he got my information.”

Employers presented with a paper CPR certification should verify its validity because her company no longer issues paper documents and only provides digital certificates, Washington said. The backs of the fraudulent documents also have information for a company called Flex Medical Services on the back, she added.

A search for businesses named Flex Medical Services showed multiple companies in Greater Houston with that name or similar names.

Anyone who suspects they may have been presented with a fake CPR certification associated with Anosike’s operation should contact Detective Jason Bell at 281-341-4633 or via email at jason.bell@fortbendcountytx.gov, the press release advised.

Glendening said Anosike had a full home office set up with a computer, printer, laminating machine and records of hundreds of faked CPR certifications. He added that FBCSO investigators suspect there may be about 1,000 more which Anosike issued since he began selling them in 2014.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Eric Fagan said anyone who had purchased a falsified CPR document from Anosike should come forward and investigators would work with the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office; however, if those people did not come forward, investigators would seek to charge them for the offense without any legal reprieve.  

Washington said she has been in business since 2010 and has worked hard to establish a good reputation for Genesis Education and Training. Her time as a health care professional who understands the importance of quality training and the dangers of hiring someone who isn’t properly trained left her shocked, she said.

“I would like to thank Sheriff Eric Fagan and his team for caring about Fort Bend County the way that I do, to stop some of this, because people are going to get hurt and die,” Washington said. “And Mr. Anisoke, shame on you. Shame on you, sir.”

Fagan said anyone looking for certified staff should verify certifications and use caution to ensure properly skilled personnel are hired.

“In the age of health care fraud, this type of crime can happen anywhere including Fort Bend,” Fagan said. “We urge the public to protect themselves from being a victim and be aware of health care-related certification and insurance fraud. It could save countless lives and businesses.”