Ten Licensed Vocational Nurses and one Psychiatric Technician are facing criminal charges in California for allegedly using fake transcripts to try to become Registered Nurses. All were arrested as a result of a multi-agency probe involving the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (DOI) Hayward Field Office, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
The investigation discovered the 11 individuals used false and forged school transcripts from the Philippines in their Registered Nurse application in California and New Mexico. The individuals facing charges are: Voltaire Mendoza Alivia, Alain N. Andres, Leilani Orioque Baluyot, Ma Theresa Ungos Perez, Allen Dejamco Tan, Elma D. Viernes and Marissa T. Villaroman all from Orange County, and Mutya Fides Abitan Generoso, Lorna A. Ignacio, Leonara Villaflor Guevara and Daniel Endique Centeno all from Los Angeles County.
Charges were filed against the individuals by the District Attorney’s Office in their respective counties. The Division of Investigation worked with HIS and the IRS’ Criminal Investigation Division to pursue the case.
“Protecting consumers from unqualified and potentially harmful individuals is our top priority,” said Division of Investigation Chief Michael Gomez. “We would like to thank everyone for their hard work on this case and helping bring this forgery ring to light.”
Another woman, Joanne Keeney who resides in the Philippines, is suspected of supplying the falsified transcripts to the eleven individuals in this case. She is also accused of providing false transcripts to seven Registered Nurses that plead guilty to forgery earlier in the year. There is an outstanding warrant issued for her arrest.
The Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians has filed accusations against eight of the individuals and matters against the others are pending.