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

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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.

 

 

 


Nurse Practitioner Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Central Valley man found guilty of inappropriately touching female patientsPrint

Jeffer Ymson Sabino, a former nurse practitioner and registered nurse, was sentenced last week to 10 years in state prison for inappropriately touching seven female patients during examinations at a small clinic in Avenal.

A Kings County Superior Court judge announced the sentence on April 26, 2016. In March 2016, Sabino plead no contest to seven counts of sexual battery.

Sabino was arrested in August 2013 and charged with more than 30 counts of sexual battery and forced penetration. His nurse practitioner and registered nurse licenses have been suspended by court order since September 2013. The California Board of Registered Nursing will now seek permanent revocation of the licenses.

The sentence was the result of a joint investigation conducted by the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation Central Valley Field Office, the Avenal Police Department and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.


Santa Rosa Nurse Practitioner Pleads No Contest After Being Charged with Illegally Issuing Prescriptions

PrintA Santa Rosa nurse practitioner pleaded no contest last week after being charged with illegally issuing prescriptions to her family members.

An investigation led by the Investigation and Enforcement Unit in the Hayward Field Office of the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation found that nurse practitioner Mary Carroll-Ambrose, of Santa Rosa, wrote 48 prescriptions for opioid controlled substances to her husband, daughter and son. There were over 9,000 pills prescribed over a two-year period.

The pills included opioid painkillers such as Norco, hydrocodone and codeine.

As a nurse practitioner, Carroll-Ambrose’s practice and prescribing was supposed to be supervised by a physician at her employer, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa, but her supervising physician had not authorized Carroll-Ambrose to prescribe narcotics to her family members and he was unaware of her prescribing activity.  Additionally, there were no records to indicate that Carroll-Ambrose had been treating family members in the normal course of practice at her employer.

The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office charged Carroll-Ambrose with four felony counts of illegally issuing prescriptions as a result of her writing prescriptions to her family which were allegedly not for a legitimate medical purpose and were not written in the usual course of her professional practice.  Carroll-Ambrose pleaded no contest to one felony count.

Carroll-Ambrose will appear in court for sentencing on October 14, 2015.

On June 15, 2015, the Board of Registered Nursing filed an Accusation to pursue disciplinary action against Carroll-Ambrose’s nursing license, which can be read here.