Two years after 33-year-old Rasheen Rose died at the Bernard Fineson Developmental Center in Queens Village, and one year after his sister filed a lawsuit accusing the staff of killing him, New York officials have sent her an $11.67 million bill.
A Harlem woman has been hit with a whopping $11.67 million medical bill from a state institution she says killed her mentally disabled brother.
Shaniece Luke, 39, said her jaw dropped when she received the bill from the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.
“I thought it was ridiculous. I couldn’t believe it!” Luke told the Daily News Wednesday.
She and her lawyers contend the astronomical bill is in retaliation for filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the agency and the Queens developmental center where her brother, Rasheen Rose, died in 2012.
“It has to be,” Luke said. “But they were the ones who killed my brother.”
The notarized bill, sent to Rose’s estate in March, was for paid Medicaid assistance from August 2002 up to Rose’s death. The state agency is demanding to be paid the staggering amount if Luke prevails in her suit and is awarded punitive damages.
Source: New York Daily News | BILL HUTCHINSON