A woman who was posing as a nurse and treating patients has been sentenced to probation for not having a valid nursing license. The woman, from Aurora, stole the identity of a registered nurse and used her license to treat patients. The suspect stole the nursing license number of a woman with whom she shares the same first and last name and worked in a rehab center in Commerce City, Colorado.
The suspect, a 31-year-old woman, was arrested while at her job at the Woodridge Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center back in February 2017. The arrest came after authorities discovered that she did not have a license to practice as a nurse. The center is located near Highway 2 in Commerce City.
The suspect entered a guilty plea on Dec. 11 in Adams County Court. She pled guilty to a felony for identification theft. She faced three charges, all felonies. The three felony charges included forgery, identity theft and criminal impersonation.
The suspect entered a plea agreement in the case that brought her a four-year probation sentence from the judge. The judge also ordered the suspect to attend mental health treatment and undergo house arrest for the first six months of her four years of probation.
Just months after being arrested in February, the suspect was arrested in June 2017 on similar charges in El Paso County. The nursing board has issued the fake nurse a cease and desist order as well as an injunction. It is not known at this time what facilities she was working at in El Paso County at the time of her arrest.
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Source: CBS Denver, “Fake Nurse Sentenced To Probation After Treating Patients Without License,” Dec. 19, 2017