A woman has been spared jail after falsely claiming to be a registered nurse.
Denice Stewart, 47, pleaded guilty to fraud, forgery and deception at Maidstone Crown Court after being investigated by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, and was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment, suspended for two years.
In December 2003, Stewart forged a registration application with The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) while living in Darlington, County Durham. At the time, she was already working at Darlington Hospital as a bank nursing auxiliary.
In July 2005 she moved to Wimbish, Essex, where she got a job as a practice nurse in Newport after falsely claiming to be a registered general nurse with the NMC.
In July 2006, she moved again, this time to Great Lines, Gillingham, where, over a period of four years she found work as a practice nurse in four GP surgeries in the Medway area, before moving to Wales in late 2010.
Checks made by the NMC found Stewart had been working as a nurse after forging qualification documents and stealing another nurse’s registration forms. She was arrested in Brecon, Mid Wales, on July 22, 2011.
As part of her sentence, she also received a six-month curfew and must complete 100 hours of voluntary work.