A 43-year-old woman accused of fraudulently passing herself off as a licensed practical nurse in the metro region will remain in custody pending a bail hearing tomorrow.
Lisa Driscoll, who was arrested on Monday, made a brief appearance in provincial court this morning by phone from the city lockup, occasionally coughing and sneezing.
VOCM has learned she did not appear in the courtroom today because she has COVID-19.
RNC received a report of fraud at a long-term care facility in the metro region on June 10th of 2022. Police were informed by the employer that Driscoll had gained a position in the facility through fraudulent means.
They say the subsequent investigation lead to the discovery of additional instances in which Driscoll allegedly applied for and obtained nursing positions in long-term care facilities in the St. John’s area through fraudulent means.
Those facilities include Chancellor Park, Kenny’s Pond Retirement Living and Lanes Retirement Living between March of 2021 and July of 2022.
Police allege Driscoll applied for, and obtained, nursing positions under various surnames including Driscoll, O’Driscoll, Strickland and Harris with a variety of first names.
She was arrested yesterday under multiple charges related to the use of falsified nursing credentials.
Driscoll was held to appear in court on three counts of fraud, three counts of breach of probation, two counts of identity theft, perjury, breach of the Licensed Practical Nurses Act and breach of the Registered Nurses Act.
She’s also facing additional charges in Gander provincial court related to allegations that she fraudulently gained employment as a registered nurse at Lakeside Homes last year.