A lady with an extended historical past of impersonation in different elements of Canada has been arrested and charged in Vancouver for allegedly posing as a nurse whereas working at B.C. Girls’s Hospital for a yr.
Brigitte Cleroux, 49, has been charged with fraud over $5,000 and personation with intent, in accordance with an announcement from the Vancouver Police Division (VPD).
Investigators say Cleroux used the identify of an actual nurse to achieve employment on the hospital, the place she supplied care to sufferers from June 2020 to June 2021.
“We do not but know the way many individuals in Vancouver could have acquired remedy from the fraudulent nurse, however we’re working with the Provincial Well being Providers Authority to establish sufferers who could have had contact along with her,” VPD Const. Tania Visintin mentioned within the assertion.
CBC News has previously reported that Cleroux is suspected of administering sedatives and anesthetics to sufferers in Vancouver with out being certified to take action.
Warning issued in June
The B.C. School of Nurses and Midwives confirmed that it issued a warning about Cleroux in June, which mentioned she had by no means been registered to work as a nurse on this province. Nonetheless, that warning said her identify as Melanie Smith or Melanie Cleroux.
Each of these names are included in a long list of aliases supplied by the College of Nurses of Ontario, which additionally consists of Brigitte Marier, Brigitte Fournier, Melanie Gauthier and Melanie Thompson.
Based on a recent investigation by CBC reporters in Ottawa, Cleroux has a 30-year report of impersonating professionals together with nurses and lecturers.
She was charged in Ottawa this summer season after she allegedly faked being a nurse at a medical and dental clinic within the nation’s capital. Vancouver officers say they labored intently with the Ottawa Police Service on their investigation.
Ottawa police allege Cleroux used a cast resume and a pretend B.C. identification card utilizing the Melanie Smith alias to get work.
Cleroux’s fees within the Ottawa case embrace assault with a weapon and felony negligence inflicting bodily hurt, allegedly for administering medicine and injections to sufferers who had no thought she wasn’t licensed to take action.
By no means licensed to apply
Court docket information present that whereas Cleroux as soon as attended nursing faculty within the U.S., she didn’t full it and was by no means licensed to apply.
Her crimes date again to at the least 1991, when she was convicted of impersonation and forgery in Quebec at simply 19 years of age.
She has additionally been convicted of felony mischief and property harm in Florida, in addition to fraud-related crimes in Ontario and Alberta.
Cleroux has been caught posing as a nurse in Alberta and Ontario, and as a science instructor in Calgary.
Up to now, Cleroux had admitted to forging a registered nurse certificates to assist a job utility, giving police pretend identification, and impersonating a former roommate with a start certificates within the roommate’s identify to get a pretend ID.
Vancouver police say she is at present in custody awaiting her subsequent court docket look.