Vancouver police say a woman who mistakenly pretends to be a nurse is being charged after working at a Vancouver hospital for an entire year.
Vancouver police say Brigitte Cleroux, 49, worked at BC Women’s Hospital between June 2020 and June 2021 under fraudulent pretexts.
Police claim she provided care to patients at the hospital while using the name of a real nurse.
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“Our detectives worked with the Ottawa Police Service, which conducted a parallel investigation into the same suspect,” VPD Const. said Tania Visintin.
“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.”
Police in Ottawa allege that Cleroux fraudulently presented herself as a nurse while working at a medical and dental clinic in the city, where she administered medication and injections to patients.
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They initiated an investigation into Cleroux after receiving a tip that she had used aliases and assumed the identity of registered nurses.
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It was not immediately clear how many patients Cleroux worked on in Vancouver, what duties or services she provided, or whether there were any negative outcomes associated with her work.
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Global News is seeking comments from the Provincial Health Services Authority, which operates BC Women’s Hospital and the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives.
Cleroux, who Ottawa police say is from Gatineau, Que., Is facing charges in BC of fraud over $ 5,000 and personality with intent.
In Ontario, she faces charges of criminal negligence that has caused bodily harm, assault with weapons, procurement by false pretenses, publication of false documents and personality to obtain benefits.
Cleroux appeared in court in Ontario on August 24.
She remains in police custody.
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