Nurse Imposter Arrested, Faces Identity Theft Charge

Attorney General Spitzer announced the arrest yesterday of a New Jersey man who stole the identity and professional credentials of a Licensed Practical Nurse, and then used the information to obtain a job at a Manhattan nursing facility.

Martin Gboboh, 32, of 53 Myrtle Avenue in Irvington, New Jersey was arrested Tuesday in New Jersey on a warrant based on a felony complaint filed in New York County and charging him with Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Identity Theft in the First Degree, Unauthorized Practice of a Profession, and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree. If convicted, he faces a possible sentence of up to 15 years in jail.

According to the felony complaint filed in the case, from July 2002 to April 5, 2005, Gboboh – who has never been licensed to work as a nurse in either New York or New Jersey – was employed as a licensed practical nurse at a Manhattan nursing home, the Fort Tryon Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. During this time, Gboboh administered medications to patients, treated their wounds and made entries on their charts.

It is further alleged in the complaint that Gboboh obtained this position by assuming the identity of an actual licensed practical nurse and by presenting the United Staffing Agency, a nurse staffing agency, with a copy of that nurse’s LPN license, which Gboboh had fraudulently obtained from the State Education Department’s Division of Professional Licensing Services. Believing that Gboboh was a licensed practical nurse, United Staffing Agency sent Gboboh to work at the Fort Tryon Center. The defendant worked at the facility for nearly 3 years and received over $50,000 for nursing services for which he was not entitled.

Attorney General Spitzer thanked the New York State Department of Education, Office of Professional Discipline for referring the matter to his office. He also thanked, the Irvington Police Department, the United Staffing Agency, the Fort Tryon Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, and the New York County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance in this case.

The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Betty Rodriguez of the New York City Regional Office of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, under the supervision of Cassandra Bethel, Chief of the Patient Protection Section. Special Investigators Pedro Foruria and Brian Dunne also assisted in the investigation.

The charges against Gboboh are mere allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.