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Criminal charges: Colorado woman accused of identity fraud

A series of events that culminated in a Colorado woman's arrest started in early 2017 when a registered nurse was anonymously alerted to the fact that someone else was using her nursing license to work at a nursing home in another city. She reported the matter to the police, who went to the nursing home and located the accused woman. Officers arrested her and filed criminal charges.

Court documents indicate that a plea deal led to the woman being sentenced to probation for four years. However, prosecutors allege that she impersonated the registered nurse again shortly before sentencing. They claim she used that woman's nursing license again to secure employment with a staffing agency that arranged several work shifts for her at a health care center. This led to several charges filed against her last December -- including unauthorized practice of nursing.

However, prosecutors say further discoveries led to additional charges filed last month, which related to an incident that happened a year before her use of the RN license. They allege she impersonated a certified nurse aide during a call to the Department of Regulatory Agencies and obtained access to the CNA's account. She allegedly changed that person's password and changed the account details to her own. She then applied for a renewal of the CNA certificate and used that to apply for employment.

These allegations led to additional charges, including forgery, identity theft and attempting to influence a public servant. Anyone in Colorado who faces criminal charges might be unsure of how to proceed. The best step might be to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can assess the allegations and examine the evidence before suggesting the best way to proceed.

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