Woman arrested for impersonating DaVita nurse

Marshall, Texas police arrested a woman March 14 who allegedly practiced nursing without a license at a Marshall-based DaVita Dialysis clinic, according to The Marshall News Messenger.

The 29-year-old woman was charged with fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, along with two counts of nursing regulations — license required to practice nursing. Bond is set at $35,000.

Police found the woman used someone else's license number to gain employment at the dialysis clinic as a registered nurse after they investigated an extensive complaint from a DaVita patient concerning the woman, according to the report.

"In May 2016, [the woman] obtained employment as a registered nurse (RN) at a dialysis facility in the Marshall, Texas, area using the RN licensure information of a nurse having the same name and by submitting an application which contained falsified employment history as a RN dating back to August 2011," according to the complaint the Texas Board of Nursing sent to the Harrison County District Attorney's Office last year.

The nursing board said the woman was promoted as a registered nurse and practiced as the facility administrator from May 2017 through October 2017. "The board's investigation revealed that the date of birth, Social Security number and address information provided by [the woman] to the facility did not belong to any nurse having a license or privilege to practice nursing in the state of Texas," the nursing board said.

"The individual is suspected of falsifying information to illegally obtain employment," said Kevin Downey, who works with Davita Dialysis's Denver-based corporate office. "We launched an investigation into this former employee after learning of the allegation and are working concurrently with local law enforcement."

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