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Criminal charges have been laid against a 49-year-old woman who allegedly impersonated a nurse while working at a Vancouver hospital – something she is also accused of doing elsewhere in Canada.

The woman allegedly used a nurse’s real name while “providing medical care to patients” at BC Women’s Hospital, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

She worked at the hospital for an entire year – from June 2020 to June 2021 – and it is still unclear how much patient care may have been impacted.

“We don’t know yet how many people in Vancouver may have received treatment from the fraudulent nurse, but we are working with the Provincial Health Services Authority to identify patients who may have come in contact with them,” said Const. Tania Visintin said in a press release.

Visintin said local detectives were working with the Ottawa Police Service, which conducted a parallel investigation into the same suspect that resulted in charges in September.

Brigitte Cleroux is charged with fraud over $ 5,000 and intentional impersonation in British Columbia, where she remains in custody pending her next court appearance.

In Ontario, she faces additional charges of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon, producing false documents and other charges.

The Ottawa Police Service said the accused, originally from Gatineau, Que., Worked in a medical and dental clinic in Ottawa. The police did not name the establishment where she worked.

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