Beacon Journal staff report
The operator of a company that provided services to disabled patients in Summit County is accused of tampering records to cover up the lack of training by its workers.
Lytiffany Sykes, 39, the chief executive officer of Hands of Care, is charged with multiple counts of felony tampering with records and forgery. Her company is not connected with the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board.
The investigation was conducted by sheriff’s officials, the Summit Developmental Disabilities Board and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.
According to sheriff’s deputies, an investigation began in early November after it was learned that two disabled patients requiring 24-hour care were left unattended by Hands of Care workers for about three hours.
An investigation into the mandatory training of the workers by a sheriff’s detective found, according to reports, “that fraudulent training documents existed for both individuals.”
Hands of Care services 18 individuals with physical and developmental disabilities, some at group homes and some at private residences.
A subsequent state investigation further found at least 28 violations at the company, including missing employee background checks and employees with felony convictions.
In addition, the investigation found at least 20 employees who had not received mandatory training, despite records to the contrary. Those records later proved to be fraudulent, deputies said.