Is Your Nurse Registered? A Woman Posing As A Nurse In GR Charged
When you are in need of a nurse, the last thing you suspect is they are not really a nurse. A woman has been charged in Allegan County for posing as a nurse.
A nurse is a person who is trained to give care to people who are sick or injured. Notice that I said, "Trained."
Nurses are the right and left-hands of doctors and usually spend way more time with a patient. So naturally you would expect them to have the proper training. The last thing on your mind when working with a nurse at a doctor's office or hospital is that person being an imposter.
Woman Accused of Posing as a Registered Nurse at Grand Rapids Hospice
A 48-year-old woman is in a lot of trouble after posing as a registered nurse but this isn't the first time she was caught and now is looking at a federal charge.
The woman's name is Leticia Gallarzo who currently lives in Allegan County. Has a bit of a history of posing as a nurse and has been involved with identity theft on more than one occasion.
According to WOOD, Gallarzo applied at a Grand Rapids hospice on May 13, 2023, and was given a job. When they fingerprinted her on May 23 which is required by law they discovered a prior federal conviction and immediately terminated her employment. Gallarzo also had a 2016 conviction for using a stolen identity to get a job as a nurse in Kent County. She also had 2 previous convictions in Texas for practicing without a license and false medical records where she pretended to be a registered nurse at 2 Texas medical facilities. If convicted of her latest charge of identity theft, Gallarzo may get 15 years in prison.