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The Hartford Courant
December 29, 2010
A Danbury woman who was recognized as "nurse of the year" but wasn't a nurse has been sentenced to nine months in prison.

Betty A. Lichtenstein, 57, was sentenced Tuesday for practicing nursing without a license, criminal impersonation and second-degree forgery.

After her August 2009 award dinner she became known as "Nurse Betty." Lichtenstein had worked in a Norwalk medical office giving injections, writing prescriptions and dispensing medical advice, according to her arrest warrant.

She came to the attention of inspectors from the chief state's attorney's office after a patient complained to the state Department of Public Health that she had acted unprofessionally. An investigation determined not only that she was not a nurse, but that she had staged an awards dinner where a phony nursing organization honored her as nurse of the year.

Investigators found that she had paid for the dinner with more than $2,000 of her own money. She even conned the doctor she worked for, Gerald B. Weiss of Norwalk, into speaking at the dinner.

Lichtenstein, who is also known as Betty A. Trudel and Betty Ann St. John, was also arrested by Norwalk police on charges that she used prescription forms stolen from Weiss to try to fraudulently buy narcotic pain killers.

Lichtenstein will serve three years of probation after her release from prison.

Weiss was reprimanded and fined $2,000 by the state Department of Public Health for employing Lichtenstein without verifying that she was a licensed nurse.

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I remember this story....

I don't think 9 months is long enough...
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Yes I remember this article, hope they did a psychological work up on this woman!!
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Just thought of something.... why didn't the doctor ask for a copy of her license to keep in a file?

At HELL and work, HR and the DON keeps a file of every Nurse's license, and when you renew it, you're to print out a copy and give the renewed one to HR and the DON.
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Kylee that's why he was fined, because he didn't

Not sure how I feel about the length of the sentence
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It might be sufficient if she spends it in a mental institution.
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Missed that part, Tazz.... I was really tired when I read this...
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