Nurse Practitioner Charged with Prescription Fraud, False Personation and Identity Theft


Mount Shasta woman charged with felony and misdemeanor counts

Nurse Practitioner Naomi LeGate (aka Katy LeGate), of Mount Shasta, was  arraigned on August 2, 2016, after the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office charged her with nine felony counts and one misdemeanor count for false impersonation, identity theft and fraud, as well as issuing fraudulent and forged prescriptions and practicing medicine without a license.

These charges came as a result of a joint investigation between the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office and the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (DOI).

The investigation was initiated after the California Board of Registered Nursing and DOI’s Investigation and Enforcement Support Unit discovered that LeGate might be in violation of her felony probation from Santa Cruz County.  In October 2014, LeGate was convicted of identity theft and prescription forgery in that county.  According to her probation terms, LeGate was prohibited from possessing prescription pads and prescribing medicine to patients.

The investigation revealed that while she was employed as a nurse practitioner at a medical office in Redding, LeGate wrote prescriptions despite the probationary terms from Santa Cruz County.

Additionally, LeGate did not have a Nurse Practitioner Furnishing Certificate and was unable to legally authorize or sign any prescription forms.  All prescriptions issued by LeGate required authorization and a signature from her employing doctor.   The investigation found prescriptions which were issued by LeGate and were not authorized by or signed by her employing doctor.

LeGate was arrested in Mount Shasta on July 19, 2016, as a result of a no-bail bench warrant issued by Santa Cruz County Superior Court.  She will appear in that court on August 24, 2016.

The Board of Registered Nursing issued a Cease Practice Notice to Legate on February 23, 2016.  She is currently prohibited from practicing as a Registered Nurse or a Nurse Practitioner.

The Shasta County District Attorney’s Press Release can be read here.