CSAO: Hartford Woman Charged With Forgery, Unlawfully Practicing Nursing

Hartford Woman Charged With Forgery, Unlawfully Practicing Nursing

A Hartford woman who continued to work after her nursing license was suspended was arrested today and charged with unlawfully practicing nursing and forgery.

SAMANTHA COLBERT, age 30, of Westland Street, Hartford, was arrested by Inspectors from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the Chief Stateís Attorney and charged with one count of unlawfully practicing nursing and one count of Forgery in the Second Degree.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit received a complaint from the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health alleging that Colbert was practicing as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) while her license was suspended.

Colbertís license had been suspended on February 6, 2013, after a hearing by the state Board of Examiners for Nursing, the warrant states.

At the time of her suspension, Colbert was employed at Touchpoints at Chestnut, a skilled nursing facility in East Windsor that receives Medicaid funding. Colbert failed to notify her employer of her suspension and submitted a license with an altered expiration date, the warrant states.

Colbert was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court, G.A. No. 14, on July 25, 2014. The charges are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Forgery in the Second Degree and Unlawfully Practicing Nursing are a class D felonies, each punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

The case will be prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The Unit is grateful for the assistance it received in this investigation from the Department of Public Health, the Board of Examiners for Nursing and the Connecticut State Police.

Content Last Modified on 7/11/2014 12:48:35 PM