A fake nurse from Jacksonville was detained early Monday morning, February 27th, after officials at the health facility she was practicing nursing at discovered she provided medical care to patients without having a valid Florida license.
48-year-old Amy Suzanne Pohlman, claimed to have a Ph.D. and to be an ARNP (Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner) while working as a full-time nurse administrator. She got her job in 2015 and has been since working as a fake nurse at Ponte Vedra Home Care.
Investigators started looking into her background in the summer of 2016, after health facility’s officials grew suspicious of her and whether her license was still valid. However, they were unable to tell for sure if the woman was indeed licensed, so they contacted the Department of Health. Soon after the woman learned she was being investigated she resigned.
A joint team of investigators composed of a Florida Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud medical investigator and detectives with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit took over the inquiry.
As it turned out, the suspect actually created a fake Advancer Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) license. Furthermore, multiple pieces of evidence suggested the fake nurse never had any nursing-related-degree, let alone the Ph.D. she claimed. Moreover, she kept an award on display in her office at all times, more specifically a plaque which she said she received from the Trustees of the Mayo Clinic: Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Not surprisingly, the trophy was also a fake. Upon further investigation, the detectives learned such an award never existed in the first place and the fake nurse actually had the plaque created especially for her.
In light of these events, Amy Suzanne Pohlman has been charged with performing a physical exam on a Ponte Vedra Home Care applicant. Any additional charges will be presented after the investigation reaches a conclusion. The fake nurse is currently incarcerated at the St. Johns County Jail on a $50,000 bond. Also, the investigators issued a warning, asking those who came in contact with the fake nurse in a professional capacity to contact David Rosado, Special Victims Unit Detective with the Saint Johns Count Sheriff’s Office at 904-209-2161.
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