A man was sentenced to four years and nine months in federal prison for using fake nursing credentials to work at health facilities in the St. Louis area.
Benjamin David Danneman has never held a nursing license or any other license that would allow him to provide medical services and yet he secured employment at three facilities. Danneman used the name of a real nurse in Texas to apply to a healthcare staffing company, which placed him at two facilities. After Danneman tested positive for amphetamines, the staffing company ended its relationship with him. However, Danneman later managed to be hired as assistant director of nursing at a 122-bed nursing home.
Danneman was arrested after attempting to cash two fraudulent checks. According to prosecutors, he also used other people’s information to apply for or obtain a driver’s license, bank accounts, credit cards, car loans, an insurance policy, and a passport. He pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated identity theft, healthcare fraud, and Social Security fraud. He is already in prison in Illinois for writing bad checks, attempted burglary, and drug charges.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch