ST. LOUIS (AP) — A woman who pretended to be a nurse at a St. Louis hospital was sentenced to five years of probation and eight months of house arrest.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 36-year-old Samantha Rivera, who was sentenced Wednesday, also was ordered to repay $21,500 to a staffing agency that placed her in an intensive care unit at St. Alexius Hospital and $28,000 to a New Mexico nursing school where she previously taught.
Prosecutors say Rivera used faked experience and credentials to get a job at St. Alexius.
Rivera’s public defender, Charles Banks, said Rivera suffered trauma in her past that caused her bizarre behavior.
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Rivera pleaded guilty in October to health care fraud and identity theft.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com