BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The CEO of DocGo, the company tasked with providing care for the asylum seekers placed in New York state, has resigned following a newspaper report that he lied about his education history.
CEO Anthony Capone submitted his resignation a day after the Albany Times Union reported that his professional biography claimed Capone received a graduate degree in artificial intelligence from Clarkson University. The university confirmed to the newspaper that Capone did not receive such a degree, nor was he ever enrolled there.
In a statement to News 4 on Sunday, a DocGo spokesperson said Capone decided to resign for “personal reasons” and that the company “is grateful for his leadership throughout his tenure.”
Capone will be replaced by the company’s president and chief operating officer, Lee Bienstock.
“We have full confidence in [Bienstock’s] ability to lead the company forward,” the spokesperson said. “We remain committed to our mission of delivering high quality, highly accessible healthcare for all.”
The Times Union first reported the discrepancy on his biography on Thursday.
Capone said the discrepancy was accidental and that there were errors on his official record that should have been corrected.
This is the latest in a series of scandals for DocGo, which has come under scrutiny over its handling of service for the thousands of migrants seeking asylum across New York. A state investigation into security firms subcontracted by DocGo to protect migrants in hotels found that many guards, including over a dozen working in Erie County, were employed without proper authorization and in apparent violation of state law.
In August, it was reported that the New York Attorney General’s Office is investigating the company over its handling of the asylum seeker situation.
Justin McMullen is a Western New York native who joined the News 4 team in 2023. You can read more of his work here.