Woman facing charge of impersonating nurse in Ottawa also charged with same offence in Vancouver

The woman was arrested Aug. 23 by Ottawa police after allegedly falsely working as a nurse at an Ottawa medical and dental clinic.

Jacquie Miller 2 minute read November 26, 2021

A woman charged in Ottawa with allegedly falsely working as a nurse has been charged for impersonating a nurse while working at a Vancouver hospital.

Brigitte Cleroux, 49, was charged with fraud over $5,000 and personation with intent, the Vancouver Police Department said Thursday.

Vancouver police began their investigation in June after learning that an employee at B.C. Women’s Hospital had fraudulently identified herself as a nurse while working there between June 2020 and June 2021, according to a release from the Vancouver force.

Investigators found the woman fraudulently used the name of a real nurse while providing care to patients at the hospital, the release said.

Vancouver detectives worked with Ottawa Police, who were investigating the same suspect, according to a statement from Vancouver Police Const. Tania Visintin.  “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 was to remain in custody until her next court appearance, police added.

She was arrested Aug. 23 by Ottawa police after allegedly falsely working as a nurse at an Ottawa medical and dental clinic. Among her duties there was giving medications to patients, including injections, the Ottawa Police Service said in a statement in early September.

In Ottawa, Cleroux faces charges of obtaining by false pretence, uttering a forged document, assault with a weapon, criminal negligence causing bodily harm, and personation to gain advantage.

“An investigation began when police were told that a woman had used aliases and assumed the identities of registered nurses that she fraudulently obtained,” Ottawa police said in a media release. “Investigators believe there may be other clinics and victims in this criminal matter.”

At the time of her arrest by Ottawa police, Cleroux was identified as a Gatineau resident.

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