Elaine Allonce, a woman in Washington state, was convicted and sentenced to six-months in prison (the maximum amount for a crime of this nature) for forging a nursing license and using it to bill Medicaid as a provider back in 1999.
“It is deplorable that fraudsters take advantage of the elderly and the most vulnerable among us for financial gain,” stated an Office of the Attorney General spokesperson. “My office will hold those accountable who attempt to defraud taxpayers and evade justice.”
While the defendant was attending classes at Bastyr University in Kenmore, she asked another student who was a registered nurse to write her a letter of recommendation for a job she wished to apply for. She also told the nurse that the interviewer required the nurse to provide an a photocopy of her nursing license along with the recommendation. Allonce then used the nurse's license number to make her own card and added a different name.
Allonce managed to obtain a job using the fake nursing license and impersonated a nurse from May 1998 to June 1998. She administered medications to patients and filled out numerous medical documents.
Federal and State Medicaid and AGO's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit all assisted in the prosecution of this case
The crime of impersonating a nurse happens more than people realize and I think stiffer penalties should exist for the prosecution of these criminals. This is NOT a victimless crime. Thankfully, in most states nursing licenses are no longer issued in the form of a card, for nurses to carry around and risk being stolen. Instead, if you wish to verify a nurse's license, it must be done online or by telephone.
I once met a woman who seemed very nice and sweet. I was sitting in a Starbucks one day dressed in scrubs when she approached me and struck up a conversation. She asked if I was a nurse and when I told her I was, she immediately said she was too. She claimed to be a flight nurse. We began a friendship, and I knew her about a year when I realized something fishy was going on.
One day I called her because I had been to the doctor about feeling extra tired. He sent me for some blood work to check my TSH, T-3 and T-4 looking for thyroid problems. It was the first real medical condition I had ever discussed with her, and I found it extremely odd that she seemed to have no clue what I was talking about. She actually asked me what TSH was. It was at that point I realized that she couldn't have been a nurse. I discussed it with some of my nurse friends and coworkers and they concurred.
It was shortly after that incident that I turned on the television one night only to see her mug shot all over my screen. She had been arrested for working as a nurse in a bariatric clinic, and she had been stealing patient information. She would use it to take out loans using her victim's names, addresses, social security numbers, date of birth and credit reports. When it was time to begin paying the loan back, her victims would be confused as to why they were even receiving a bill for loan they never even initiated. I really don't understand the criminal mind when it comes to crimes such as these. Do they really think they won't get caught?...amazing!
Apparently she was out on probation when she pulled this little stunt and after she had already spent seven years in prison for writing numerous huge checks that all bounced she still had not learned her lesson. Criminals can be so foolish.
She was charged with over 50 counts of theft by deception, identity theft and writing cold checks. She was thrown back in the slammer and will not be eligible for parole for 23 more years and has already served ten.
I was furious that she had insulted my intelligence as a nurse, by thinking she could pull the wool over my eyes and make me believe she was a nurse. She deserves everything she gets for her crimes.
I considered going to visit her in prison to ask her why she lied to me, but it would be a waste of time. She's just a low-life criminal, and I think I was very lucky she didn't steal my wallet, credit cards, and nursing license.
Do you think Allonce got what she deserved? And do you believe my so-called friend was sentenced fairly? Comment below