Woman who posed as a nurse in a Vancouver hospital charged

CHARGES have been approved by BC Prosecution Service following a Vancouver Police investigation of a woman who impersonated a registered nurse while working inside a Vancouver hospital.

The VPD launched an investigation in June, after learning that an employee at BC Women’s Hospital had fraudulently identified herself as a nurse while working there between June 2020 and June 2021. The investigation, led by VPD’s Financial Crime Unit, found the woman fraudulently used the name of a real nurse while providing medical care to patients at the hospital.

“Our detectives worked collaboratively with the Ottawa Police Service, which was conducting a parallel investigation into the same suspect,” said Constable Tania Visintin on Thursday.

“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.”

Brigitte Cleroux, 49, has been charged with fraud over $5,000 and personation with intent. She remains in custody until her next court appearance.

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