Ex-Convict Discovered Working as a Nursing Home Social Worker Under a False Identity

Investigators have uncovered a nursing home social worker who was committing serious identity fraud. They found fraudulent copies of a college diploma, college transcripts, a letter and a Social Security card. The documents indicated that the woman was a licensed social worker. In reality, she is an ex-convict who has used at six identities in a long history of state and federal fraud, forgery and theft convictions, authorities say.

The woman, 47, was arrested Tuesday and is charged with several forgery and identity theft related charges. The investigation began when the nursing home received a call from a state agency. The state agency had received any anonymous tip about the employee. When the Sheriff's Department began investigating, authorities soon discovered that her job application was just the beginning of many instances of her use of false information.  She had borrowed money from a bank using false documents. She was wanted in another state on charges of theft over $10,000. She was on probation but was using a different name and job description to report to her probation officer. She was accused of stealing mail from 135 throughout the region for the purpose of stealing identities and embezzlement. The bulk of her prior convictions were for theft and fraud, but she was also convicted of escape from a Metro Nashville jail.

Although the investigation is still ongoing, investigators have not yet found evidence to make them believe she was trying to defraud the nursing home while she worked there. Investigators say the nursing home felt she was a good employee. Employees at the nursing home declined to answer questions about the incident, saying the director was in an all-day meeting and was not available. For more, read the story.



Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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