Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Woman Posing as Nurse in SNFs Pleads Guilty

McKnight's reports on the case of Leticia Gallarzo, 42, who posed as a registered nurse at three skilled nursing facilities and two hospitals even though she had no medical training, using the name and registered nursing license number from a registered nurse with a name similar to hers in order to obtain employment.  She committed the crimes between March 15 and Oct. 23 in 2015 at three nursing homes and two hospitals in five southern Texas towns. 

She was arrested Oct. 31, 2015, after the fifth facility reported her to authorities.  According to local news reports, she would leave to seek employment elsewhere when an employer would start to realize she was an imposter

Gallarzo pleaded guilty in a federal court case last week to making false statements relating to healthcare.  She faces up to five years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine. She was taken into custody upon pleading guilty, and will be held  until her sentencing hearing, which is set for Oct. 3, 2017.

Go here to read the original McKnight's article. 

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