Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) August 17, 2009 -- A Connecticut woman, from Norwalk, has been charged with impersonating a nurse, just so she could be employed in a doctor's surgery. Betty. A Lichtenstein 56, had illegal papers claiming she was a 'registered nurse'.
So as to add credibility to her false qualifications, Lichtenstein created a 'Nurse of the Year' ceremony, using an equally fake organization, 'Connecticut Nursing Association'. She invited the doctor she had been employed by, plus members of his staff. The affair cost Lichtenstein over $2000.
"Dr. Gerald Weiss believed Lichtenstein was a registered nurse", said prosecutors. "Especially after she was named the Connecticut Nursing Association's 'Nurse of the Year'."
Inspectors from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, (MFCU) began investigating Lichentstein after a complaint was received from a patient. Lichtenstein could face up to five years in jail if convicted of reckless endangerment and criminal impersonation charges.
When a local doctor doesn't recognize that the 'Connecticut Nursing Association' is false, one wonders what else the doctor doesn't know. However, nurses have often been under investigation, for wrongly removing a birth-control device, giving the wrong patient an abortion tablet, to murdering patients.
Perhaps one of the most unusual incidents though, was when Judith Lovelace, an ex-prison nurse was sued for damages. An ex-con said an extended painful erection has left him 'irreparably injured', after Lovelace's 'tender ministrationsâ caused a fifty-five hour erection.
A nurse claiming she is qualified is bad enough, but what if doctors could obtain bogus certificates from shonky Internet universities? Do you check if a certificate hanging on a wall really means what it says? Perhaps the only consolation is that the doubtful practitioners always get caught out in the long run.
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