Phony Nurse Ordered to Pay $18,000 in Restitution

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    From KTVA, Anchorage, AK:

    "A convicted con artist from Fairbanks must pay back about $18,000 in wages she earned while lying about her professional nursing credentials."

    Read more: http://www.ktva.com/ci_15878101

    How the heck did she get away with all of this?

    This story reads almost like Frank Abagnale from "Catch Me If You Can" fame. I would love to see a movie about this crazy woman's adventures too!!
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    Quote from Paco386
    From KTVA, Anchorage, AK:

    "A convicted con artist from Fairbanks must pay back about $18,000 in wages she earned while lying about her professional nursing credentials."

    Read more: http://www.ktva.com/ci_15878101

    How the heck did she get away with all of this?

    This story reads almost like Frank Abagnale from "Catch Me If You Can" fame. I would love to see a movie about this crazy woman's adventures too!!

    I LOVE that movie.
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    Oh, and I forgot to say, the fine is a good START........it doesn't mean the issue has been dealt with by any means.

    Again, you have administration and nursing boards being coned by someone (who I doubt really had to put up much effort to do so judging by other articles highlighting similar incidents) with no license or a suspended/lost license.

    They are the gatekeepers. Its their job to not allow this. They should be fined an equal amt. of money. The person who did it is the criminal here, but there is GROSS neglect also by the one's who fell for it. Until they are dealt with, this will continue.

    Can you imagine if someone were to do this, impersonate a police officer? Its been done, but never to the point where they actually walk into the police dept and are handed a gun and all. Thats what happened here.

    What if banks had such lax administration/security controls? People would be impersonating a bank worker and taking the money. That does not happen though. Why? Because the people running the show are concerned enough not to let it happen.

    Somehow though, impersonating a nurse is not much of a feat. The criminals, yes, should definitely be punished, and a fine is a start to that..........a good stint in jail will be good too. But, I say the people responsible for letting them get away with it for so long should at least be facing a hefty fine. Their lack of concern for creating a legal, licensed staff is too obvious. This is disregard for pt. safety at its worst.
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    Quote from eriksoln
    Oh, and I forgot to say, the fine is a good START........it doesn't mean the issue has been dealt with by any means.

    Again, you have administration and nursing boards being coned by someone (who I doubt really had to put up much effort to do so judging by other articles highlighting similar incidents) with no license or a suspended/lost license.

    They are the gatekeepers. Its their job to not allow this. They should be fined an equal amt. of money. The person who did it is the criminal here, but there is GROSS neglect also by the one's who fell for it. Until they are dealt with, this will continue.

    Can you imagine if someone were to do this, impersonate a police officer? Its been done, but never to the point where they actually walk into the police dept and are handed a gun and all. Thats what happened here.

    What if banks had such lax administration/security controls? People would be impersonating a bank worker and taking the money. That does not happen though. Why? Because the people running the show are concerned enough not to let it happen.

    Somehow though, impersonating a nurse is not much of a feat. The criminals, yes, should definitely be punished, and a fine is a start to that..........a good stint in jail will be good too. But, I say the people responsible for letting them get away with it for so long should at least be facing a hefty fine. Their lack of concern for creating a legal, licensed staff is too obvious. This is disregard for pt. safety at its worst.
    From reading the article I had gathered that not only did she steal these other people's identity, she also stole their credentials. I believe they may have been nurses already. She just used their names, maybe ssn, nursing license and such to get the jobs. Even with background checks employers, do if someone has stolen someone's identity how is it the employers fault? Our credit files don't have pictures of us, or our background checks for that matter. Also if the others had no clue that their identity was stolen their really wouldn't be any red flags until they realized it. As a new grad I've seen many fake RN jobs postings asking for everything to steal an identity, and without really paying attention one may not realize the company is not real and its just a way to get ALL of your information. I don't think impersonating a nurse is easier than impersonating anything, or an officer. As many background checks, credit reports, interviews and stuff that we have to go through just to get a job. All over this board people talk about how things in their past, more than 10 years ago, still sometimes keeps them from employment. As for the article I hope this lady spends a lot of time in jail I've had my identity stolen as a child and I know the hassle it is for a victim to clear their name.
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    Quote from MsbossyRN
    From reading the article I had gathered that not only did she steal these other people's identity, she also stole their credentials. I believe they may have been nurses already. She just used their names, maybe ssn, nursing license and such to get the jobs. Even with background checks employers, do if someone has stolen someone's identity how is it the employers fault? Our credit files don't have pictures of us, or our background checks for that matter. Also if the others had no clue that their identity was stolen their really wouldn't be any red flags until they realized it. As a new grad I've seen many fake RN jobs postings asking for everything to steal an identity, and without really paying attention one may not realize the company is not real and its just a way to get ALL of your information. I don't think impersonating a nurse is easier than impersonating anything, or an officer. As many background checks, credit reports, interviews and stuff that we have to go through just to get a job. All over this board people talk about how things in their past, more than 10 years ago, still sometimes keeps them from employment. As for the article I hope this lady spends a lot of time in jail I've had my identity stolen as a child and I know the hassle it is for a victim to clear their name.
    IDK. The W2 requires a picture ID. I guess you could fake that though............................................ .

    IDK. I never looked into it, never had to do that lol.
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    Quote from eriksoln
    IDK. The W2 requires a picture ID. I guess you could fake that though............................................ .

    IDK. I never looked into it, never had to do that lol.
    lol I agree with what you said above. Especially if the employers were lack. But this person just seems very crafty and victimized a lot of people. You can most definity fake a picture ID. Well now some states are making it very hard to do so with the real ID act. I live in Virginia and they changed our ID's to these high tech crazy things most people from other states that view it are like, "what in the world is that?". Here is a fake sample I found on the internet. They want the kids to have these ones. It looks just like the adult ones . That little window on the right is see through. I think it is kind of cool. Hopefully it will help with preventing fraud.
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    What is most disturbing to me is...what if this person was brought up on charges of neglect? Or worse yet, had killed someone? Then, the poor people whose identity she stole may have been brought up on those charges, face having their license stripped, while they were probably not even in the state. Hope she is UNDER the jail.
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    Quote from eriksoln
    IDK. The W2 requires a picture ID. I guess you could fake that though............................................ .

    IDK. I never looked into it, never had to do that lol.
    What W2? If you are talking about the tax document, I have never had to give a picture ID for that.
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    Quote from tvccrn
    What W2? If you are talking about the tax document, I have never had to give a picture ID for that.
    Probably meant to say the I-9 form, the one that verifies that you can legally work in the USA. Requires either a US passport, green card, or a driver's license/soc sec card combo.
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    Quote from Paco386
    Probably meant to say the I-9 form, the one that verifies that you can legally work in the USA. Requires either a US passport, green card, or a driver's license/soc sec card combo.
    Yeah, I got W2 and I-9 mixed up. I was sitting here drinking a V8 thinking how nice it would be to have a V6 car. Then I could get to the post office faster after filling out my R-37. I need it to get to Area 51 in time for them to verify it and send me back my Q07. Once I get that, I can apply for a L12 and I'll be on my way.
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