Mon. Dec 6th, 2021

VPD detectives worked with the Ottawa Police Service, “which conducted a parallel investigation into the same suspect.”

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An employee at BC Women’s Hospital has been arrested after police say she pretended to be a nurse; an act she was already charged with in Ottawa this summer.

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Brigitte Cleroux, 49, is said to have used the name of a registered nurse fraudulently and provided medical treatment to a number of Vancouver patients between June 2020 and June 2021, Art said. Tania Visintin of Vancouver Police, who in June launched an investigation into Cleroux’s work.

“We do not yet know how many people in Vancouver may have received treatment from the fraudulent nurse, but we are working with the Provincial Health Services Authority to identify patients who may have had contact with her.”

Visintin said detectives worked with the Ottawa Police Service, “which conducted a parallel investigation into the same suspect.”

In Ottawa, Cleroux was arrested on August 23 after an investigation into impersonation, criminal negligence and fraud-related incidents after allegedly obtaining employment and performing duties as a nurse at a medical and dental clinic in Ottawa.

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The Ottawa Police Service did not identify which clinic Cleroux worked at, but said some of her duties included giving medication, including injections, to patients.

The woman was the subject of a bulletin issued by the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives on June 30. The college said Melanie Smith – who also went by the aliases Melanie Thompson or Melanie Cleroux – had pretended to be a registered nurse in BC

“(The) BCCNM received a report that Melanie Smith has held out as a registered nurse in British Columbia to seek work at a hospital, a dental surgery clinic and in a residential care facility,” it states.

“This person has never been and is not a registrant of BCCNM and is not eligible to practice as a registered nurse in British Columbia.”

Cleroux, 49, will remain in custody in Vancouver until her next court hearing. She has been charged with fraud over $ 5,000 and intent with intent.

None of the charges have been proven in court.

sgrochowski@postmedia.com

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