Woman charged with impersonating nurse at Weber facility

Jul 19 2013 - 5:05pm

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A 33-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of misrepresenting herself as a licensed nurse while working in two Utah care facilities.

Kristina Owen of West Jordan is accused of providing a fraudulent licensed practical nurse license to land and keep jobs at the Granger Medical Clinic, Pain and Spine Division in West Valley City and at the Abundant Life Home Health and Hospice in South Ogden.

Prosecutors in Salt Lake and Weber counties have both charged her with felony counts of identity fraud, forgery and unlawful and unprofessional conduct.

The charges stem from a joint investigation between the prosecutors and the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.

According to the charging documents, Owen landed a job with the South Ogden facility in January 2012 and with the West Valley City facility in April 2013 by claiming on her application that she had earned a degree as an LPN from Salt Lake Tooele Applied Technology College.

It usually takes one year of training to become an LPN.

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