Alonderay Johnson, of suburban West Palm Beach, claimed she received a doctorate in psychology from the University of Florida.
NORTH PALM BEACH — Alonderay Abner Johnson claims on her resume to have a doctorate in psychology from the University of Florida.
Police say she doesn’t.
Johnson, 54, of suburban West Palm Beach, also lists a 10-year tenure as clinical director at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville on her resume.
That too, police say, is bogus.
Also included by Johnson as a previous employer is the Jerome Golden Center in West Palm Beach.
An employee at the center told police Johnson never worked there.
Those Johnson, the chief operating officer for Garden of New Beginnings at 300 Prosperity Farms Road, was arrested Tuesday and charged with multiple counts related to fraud, including unlicensed practice of a health care profession and misrepresentation of academic standing.
Johnson walked out of the Palm Beach County Jail hours following her arrest after she posted a $9,000 bond.
A person who picked up the phone Wednesday at Garden of New Beginnings hung up after a reporter identified himself.
Johnson could not be reached for comment.
An investigation began after the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Sober Homes Task Force received a complaint in August 2018 that a client, who appeared to be under the influence of narcotics, was dropped off at the facility to attend a meeting and was left unsupervised for hours, according to an arrest report.
During the investigation, West Palm Beach police found that a resume Johnson had supplied to the Department of Children and Families stated she had obtained bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from UF.
Records from UF showed Johnson had never been a student at the school, according to the arrest report.
Further checks of Johnson’s resume revealed further alleged misrepresentations.
The credentials listed by Johnson — including a transcript supposedly from UF — were used by her to request an exemption from DCF for having a "disqualifying criminal" record, the report said.
According to the report, Johnson had been a "person of interest" in an unrelated patient brokering case and records show she plead guilty in December 2012 to two counts of passing worthless checks. She was sentenced to two days in jail, court costs and ordered to pay restitution.
"As a result of the fraudulent transcript and untruthful resume, DCF granted an exemption, and ultimately licensure" to Johnson to own and operate Garden of New Beginnings, the report said.
Undercover officers photographed a UF diploma hanging from Johnson’s office wall, police said. Once she received her license to operate Garden of New Beginnings, Johnson paid herself $6,000 every two weeks, the investigation showed.