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article imageFake Nurse pleads guilty to identity theft in Dallas

By Nicole Weddington     Dec 10, 2014 in Crime
A Dallas woman who stole the documentation of a registered nurse and used it to treat patients pleaded guilty to identity theft on December 9, 2015.
According to the FBI website, Jada Necole Antoine, 33, pleaded guilty to one count of “fraud in connection with means of identification” before U.S. Magistrate Judge David L. Horan. She faces a maximum penalty of up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Antoine was arrested in Georgia over the summer and has been held since. She is scheduled to be sentenced on March 16.
Prosecutors said that Antoine stole a nurse’s driver’s license and social security number and used the documents to work for eight hospice companies in the Dallas area from January 2009 to April 2012. Antoine received $54,900 in compensation for the work she did even though she was not a nurse, doctor or other healthcare provider.
According to the Dallas News, Antoine had applied to take her nursing exam in 2008, but her application was rejected because the online university she attended lacked accreditation.
During the period, Medicare received about $2.3 million in hospice claims for services that Antoine performed while impersonating a registered nurse. The hospices where Antoine worked included Silverado Senior Living Hospice, Keystone Custom Care Hospice, Hospice Pharmacy Solutions, Elysian Hospice, New Century Hospice, Community Hospice of Texas, Odyssey Healthcare GP. LLC and Heart to Heart Hospice of Texas.
“Antoine had direct responsibility for patient care in the field,” stated federal court documents.
Despite not having a medical license, Antoine provided services for at least 160 Medicare or Medicaid patients, according to court documents. She received compensation from Heart to Heart and Odyssey.
Identity theft, despite new security measures, is a huge issue. Websites like MoversCorp exist to raise awareness, but as cases such as this illustrate, sometimes precautions aren't enough.
This is not Antoine’s first brush with the law. Records show that she was put on probation in 2011 for a family violence offense and she pleaded no contest in Dallas, last year, for stealing another person’s identity to purchase a car. She was sentenced to jail time for that offense. She was also sentenced to seven months in prison in Tarrant County for fraud, records show.
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