Battery, theft, fraud: Nevada’s O-care ‘navigators’ have done it all

Battery, theft, fraud: Nevada’s O-care ‘navigators’ have done it all

[Ed. – Not to mention lying about their criminal history on job applications.]

[V]ulnerable Nevadans — a population this health law seeks to especially benefit — shouldn’t have to wonder whether their navigator has a reckless or dangerous past.

Nevertheless, navigators’ records ranged from the scary to the ridiculous.

One navigator had been convicted of family violence battery in 2005, and, according to the warrant, had been arrested for “punching [the] victim in the face and head, causing cuts on left eyebrow and right ear.” That same navigator allegedly violated a restraining order in 2012 by coming into an alleged victim’s backyard, and in 2002, had pled guilty to shoplifting at Nordstrom.

Another navigator was arrested in the 1980s for attempting to commit a fraud. “A guy friend . . . helped me obtain [forged] ID so I could open a bank account and make deposits to allow [completed checks] to clear the bank and the funds to be dispersed,” the navigator wrote. Though it was a felony charge, after restitution and a six-month stint at Santa Clara County Halfway Program, the navigator ended up with a misdemeanor conviction. …

But other crimes on record for approved navigators include battery, criminal endangerment, obstructing a police officer, and drug charges. 80s, several had been committed in the past decade, and at least three navigators had more than one offense on record. Four couldn’t even be bothered to fill out their applications honestly. …

Another navigator, who ended up with two misdemeanor convictions after a felony drug charge and a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, wrote of a failed attempt to get the records sealed after being caught for failure to disclose. “I made an error when I was young and I made another error in not putting it on my application, I can’t take it back. I’m a good citizen and I don’t want to loose [sic] my job,” that navigator wrote. “So again I apologize if I sound pushy, but my job is on the line.”

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