The CEO of a New York-based company providing services to migrants was found to have falsely claimed that he held a degree in AI
- Anthony Capone, CEO of DocGo, falsely claimed to have a degree in artificial intelligence in his company profile.
- Clarkson University confirmed to Insider that there is no record of the CEO earning a degree there.
The CEO of an NYC-based migrant housing company — that is being investigated for mistreating people in its care — has accepted that he misstated his educational credentials.
Times Union, a newspaper in New York state, reported first on Thursday 14 September that Anthony Capone, the chief executive of DocGo — a medical company providing care for migrants — had falsely stated that he achieved a graduate degree in artificial intelligence from Clarkson University in his professional profile on the company's website.
A spokesperson for Clarkson University confirmed to Insider that there was no record of Anthony Alexander Capone having been enrolled in any graduate program at the university.
Capone resigned from his position at the publicly traded company a day after the Times Union article was published "and from all other positions with the company due to personal reasons," according to a DocGo document filed with the Securities and Exchanges Commission on September 15, viewed by Insider.
DocGo also confirmed Capone's resignation to Insider stating it was for "personal reasons."
Capone acknowledged that his profile contained false information in a statement to the Times Union on Thursday.
"I want to address a serious issue concerning incorrect information about my educational background. Specifically, it has come to my attention that my public biography erroneously states that I hold a bachelor's degree from Clarkson University.
"I must clarify immediately: I do not have a master's degree from Clarkson University nor from any other institution. This inaccuracy should have been corrected, and I deeply apologize for this error. I do, however, have an undergraduate computer science degree with a focus in artificial intelligence from an accredited university."
Capone added that he takes "full responsibility and am making immediate corrections to all official bios, profiles, and any other materials where this incorrect information appears."
DocGo was contracted by NYC in a no-bid $432 million deal to help assist migrants in finding housing and helping them adjust to their new lives, but is now under investigation by the state's attorney general for mishandling those under its care, the New York Times reported in August.
Earlier in September, the New York City comptroller's office rejected the deal, the Times reported.
Capone's profile, which is no longer available on the company website, also stated that he has an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Potsdam, per Times Union.
The State University of New York at Potsdam told Insider it could not confirm the education status of any past or present student, citing privacy laws.
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