Vancouver police say that a woman has been charged with fraud over $5,000 and personation with intent in connection with employment at a local hospital.
The B.C. Prosecution Service approved the charges against Brigitte Cleroux, 49.
It came after the VPD's financial crime unit determined that a woman used the name of a real nurse while working at B.C. Women's Hospital from June 2020 to June 2021.
“Our detectives worked collaboratively with the Ottawa Police Service, which was conducting a parallel investigation into the same suspect,” VPD media liason Const. Tania Visintin said in a news release. “We don’t yet know how many people in Vancouver may have received treatment from the fraudulent nurse, but we’re working with the Provincial Health Services Authority to identify patients who may have had contact with her.”
Cleroux remains in custody.
B.C. Women's Hospital + Health Centre is an academic health centre affiliated with the University of British Columbia and other postsecondary institutions.
The hospital is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority.
In 2006, a woman named Brigitte Cleroux Marier was convicted of impersonating a nurse in Ontario and was sentenced to six months in jail, according to a 2010 CBC News report. She was later accused of presenting forged documents for doing the same thing in Alberta.