Article Cites Local Attorney Lento’s Critical Role Defending Nurses Nationwide in Fraud Scandal

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jul 06, 2023 | 0 Comments

Philadelphia Inquirer reporting identifies New Jersey criminal defense attorney Joseph Lento and the Lento Law Firm team as taking the lead role in defending nurses nationwide in the FBI's Operation Nightingale nursing school fraud scandal.

That scandal has been unfairly implicating and harming thousands of nurses nationwide, including nurses in New Jersey. Don't face student discipline, professional license misconduct charges, or criminal charges without the skilled and experienced defense representation you need. The Lento Law Firm offers premier student discipline defense and college student defense in addition to other criminal defense representation. Call 888.535.3686 or chat with us now.

An Accreditation Issue or Criminal Misconduct?

The Philadelphia Inquirer's reporting shows just how gray an area the FBI entered when criminally charging more than two dozen Florida nursing school officials and their recruiters with fraud, while releasing lists of over 7,600 nurses alleged to have bought false nursing credentials from those Florida nursing schools.

The reporting profiles several hardworking, earnest, immigrant nurses who trusted the Florida schools' accreditation, to rely on their online instruction and locally supervised clinical programs. Those nurses put in hundreds of hours satisfying the schools' standards. They then passed the national RN exam and, in many cases, took RN jobs, where they provided skilled and critically needed nursing services.

Informant Allegations Ruin Careers

And yet, after all that hard work relying on the Florida nursing schools' state recognition, the nurses whom the FBI's criminal defendants implicated have, according to the Inquirer's reporting, now lost their RN licenses, jobs, and careers.

The Inquirer's reporting shows the risk of relying on criminal informant information. Several of those criminal defendants have already pled guilty to the charges, receiving sentences that accounted for their cooperation naming the thousands of allegedly involved nursing students. Yet the Inquirer's reporting shows just how hard the profiled students worked for their RN credentials, how effectively they served as RNs, and how ruinous the informants' allegations have been to their lives and nursing careers.

Lento Law Firm Leads Nurse Defense Representation

Nurses whom the FBI's criminal informants implicated need not suffer the harm just from having associated with the accredited Florida nursing schools. The Inquirer reporting illustrates how those nurses who relied on the schools' accreditation while putting in the studies and clinical work are victims, not perpetrators.

The Inquirer's reporting also documents how attorney Joseph Lento and the Lento Law Firm's Defense Team have led a nationwide effort defending those nurses. The Inquirer reports the Lento Law Firm's representation of more than one-hundred involved nurses and the Firm's preparation of a nationwide class action lawsuit on all involved nurses' behalf.

Retain the skilled and experienced attorney defense representation you need to avoid Operation Nightingale fallout. Call 888.535.3686 for help.

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Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients in criminal courtrooms in New Jersey and nationwide. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. With unparalleled experience occupying several roles in the criminal justice system outside of being an attorney, Joseph D. Lento can give you valuable behind-the-scenes insight as to what is happening during all phases of the legal process. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in New Jersey and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings!


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