CORTLAND, Ohio (WYTV) – Cortland police say a Liberty woman was using the identity of a registered nurse to work at an area nursing home.
Amanda Thorne, 30, is now in the Trumbull County Jail on charges of identify fraud and unlicensed practice. Police arrested her on Thursday.
According to the Cortland Police Department, staff at the nursing home contacted them on February 18 with their suspicions. She was hired at Cortland Health and Rehabilitation Center in early January, and she worked 17 shifts before she walked away in the middle of work without following protocol.
Police said Thorne was found to be using the identify of a registered nurse with the same name who is from Bowling Green.
“She was portraying herself as a registered nurse when, in fact, she was not. She had stolen the identity of a legitimate registered nurse across the state,” said Cortland Police Chief David Morris.
Previous background checks and fingerprinting conducted by the nursing home came back clean, however.
Police contacted the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to assist with its investigation. Additional charges are expected.
Thorne will be in court Friday morning.