Woman charged in Ottawa also charged with nurse imitation in BC

The woman was arrested on August 23 by Ottawa police after allegedly working as a nurse at a medical and dental clinic in Ottawa.

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A woman accused in Ottawa of allegedly working as a nurse has been charged with posing as a nurse while working at a Vancouver hospital.

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Brigitte Cleroux, 49, was charged with fraud over $ 5,000 and intent with intent, the Vancouver Police Department said Thursday.

Vancouver police began their investigation in June after finding out that an employee of BC Women’s Hospital had fraudulently identified herself as a nurse while working there between June 2020 and June 2021, according to a statement from the Vancouver force.

Investigators found that the woman fraudulently used the name of a real nurse while providing care to patients at the hospital, the statement said.

Vancouver detectives worked with the Ottawa Police, who are investigating the same suspect, according to a statement from the Vancouver Police Const. Tania Visintin. “We do not yet know how many people in Vancouver may have received treatment from the fraudulent nurse, but we are working with the Provincial Health Services Authority to identify patients who may have had contact with her.”

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Cleroux was to remain in custody until her next court hearing, police added.

She was arrested on August 23 by Ottawa police after allegedly working as a nurse at a medical and dental clinic in Ottawa. Among her duties was to provide medication to patients, including injections, the Ottawa Police Service said in a statement in early September.

In Ottawa, Cleroux is accused of acquiring by false pretenses, submitting a forged document, assault with a weapon, criminal negligence causing bodily harm, and personality for gain.

“An investigation began when police were told that a woman had used aliases and assumed the identity of registered nurses that she had fraudulently obtained,” Ottawa police said in a media release. “Investigators believe there may be other clinics and victims in this criminal case.”

At the time she was arrested by Ottawa police, Cleroux was identified as a resident of Gatineau.

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