False Reports – Our Children are being Murdered by CPS and Their Out Sourcing

False Reports

February 6, 2010

Four Philadelphia social workers, Mickal Kamuvaka, founder of MultiEthnic Behavioral Health Inc and employees Solomon Manamela, Julius Juma Murray and Mariam Coulibaly are on trial for allowing Danieal Kelly to starve to death under their supervision. Part-time co-worker Kim Cooke, not on trial, has testified in the case that, on orders from Kamuvaka, she regularly falsified written reports.


Ex-Phila. caseworker tells of false reports

By Nathan Gorenstein, Inquirer Staff Writer, Posted on Sat, Feb. 6, 2010

A former caseworker for MultiEthnic Behavioral Health Inc. testified yesterday that she regularly falsified reports about home visits that never happened, but said she was never explicitly told to do so.

Rather, supervisors said to “do what you have to do” to complete records required by the city, said Kim Cooke, a part-time employee at the agency that closed in 2006 after the death of Danieal Kelly, a 14-year-old who starved to death in her mother’s home.

Four MultiEthnic employees, including two cofounders, are on trial in U.S. District Court, charged with falsifying records and destroying documents to hide that they failed to provide care for at-risk children, including Kelly, who had cerebral palsy.

Between 2000 and 2006, MultiEthnic was paid $3.7 million by Philadelphia to provide in-home social services for about 500 families.

Witnesses testified that the agency was effectively run by Mickal Kamuvaka, 60, who holds a doctorate in social work from the University of Pennsylvania.

When Department of Human Services officials scheduled an audit of agency files, Kamuvaka allegedly would call the staff members together and urge them to help each other fill out the required paperwork. “We are all in this together. . . . They can close us down,” Kamuvaka said, according to Cooke.

Did you create false records? asked Assistant U.S. Attorney Bea Witzleben. “Yes,” said Cooke.

On cross-examination, Kamuvaka’s defense attorney, William Cannon, asked Cooke, “Did anyone say to create a document?”

“Not like that,” replied Cooke. “To me, it felt like you had to do what you had to do, you had to fill in the file.”

She said one defendant, Solomon Manamela, told her to do what was “necessary” when he learned that Cooke had not made all of the required home visits. Manamela, 52, is also a MultiEthnic cofounder.

“He never asked me specifically,” she said, but said, “do what you need to do.”

“I started out as a good social worker,” said Cooke. “I wasn’t so good a worker at the end. You just got tired and burned out. . . . Paperwork-wise, no, I don’t think I was a good worker.”

Cooke said she was working three jobs at the time – one with the Philadelphia School District, one with another social-services agency, and 15 hours a week at MultiEthnic. When she could not visit a home, she said, she typically would contact the family members by telephone and quiz them.

Yolanda Carr, a receptionist and typist, said she worked 24 hours straight typing up quarterly reports in preparation for DHS audits that occurred about once a year.

Another former employee, Blendenna Carter, was hired as a receptionist and later promoted to caseworker, but said she received “not much” of the supervision promised by Kamuvaka. In the office, Kamuvaka “would be grading papers” for a teaching job at a local college, Carter said.

Once, Kamuvaka had her forge another employee’s signature, Carter said. “She told me to practice, because I didn’t write like that,” she said.

Cooke said some documents bearing her signature were signed by someone else. Looking at a report from May 2006, she said the signature was not her own. “No, I write more loopy,” she said.

Contact staff writer Nathan Gorenstein at 215-854-2797 or ngorenstein@phillynews.com

About yvonnemason

Background:  The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.  Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Education:  After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006. Awards:  Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major. Affiliations:  Beta Sigma Phi Sorority  Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County The Dream:  Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006. The Inspiration:  Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up The Author: Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:  Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.  Tangled Minds - a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009  Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008  Silent Scream – Released by Lulu.com October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life - “Pay it Forward”: “In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple
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