On Friday, Brigitte Cleroux accused of operating as a fake nurse in B.C. and Ontario pleaded guilty to seven charges relating to her time in Ottawa.
Brigitte Cleroux of Gatineau, Que., entered guilty pleas on:
- two counts of assault with a weapon
- several counts of collecting money under false pretense with an intent to defraud.
The assault charges relate to Cleroux’s use of needles to treat patients.
The identity of the victims is protected by a publication ban.
The Crown is seeking a sentence of 10 years, but has requested she first undergo a mental health assessment.
The defence agreed with the Crown on the mental health assessment, but not the sentencing proposal.
In Ontario, the charges relate to accusations that Cleroux fraudulently worked as a nurse at multiple health-care businesses, including a fertility clinic, a long-term care home and a dental clinic between February and August of 2021.
Her time as a fake nurse, she administered medications, including injections, to patients, according to Ottawa police.
In Ottawa, she was originally been charged with:
- criminal negligence causing bodily harm,
- assault with a weapon,
- obtaining by false pretense,
- uttering forged documents and personation to gain advantage.
In B.C. she was charged with:
- fraud over $5,000; and,
- personation to gain advantage.
Cleroux is still being investigated by Vancouver police.
Police allege Cleroux worked for a year at BC Women’s Hospital, between June 2020 and June 2021, while falsely using the identity of a real nurse.
This article was originally sourced by www.globalnews.ca.