A Western Michigan woman is facing up to 20 years in prison in connection to a “nurse imposter” case where she is accused of using a real nurse’s identity to obtain jobs as a registered nurse, officials said.
According to the indictment, Gallarzo allegedly used the Michigan licensing number and the name of a licensed nurse to get jobs as a registered nurse at two different locations. The two places where she gained employment include a nursing home and a hospice facility.
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The complaint and a Pacer search reveal that these charges are not the defendant’s first problems and she was previously permanently banned by HHS OIG from working as a healthcare provider in February 2020 due to a felony health care fraud conviction involving a case in Texas.
It is interesting to read in the complaint how the two facilities checked her credentials. One never hired her but the other did and then fired her when they found out more.