A fake nurse from NL. faces nine charges
< p class="sc-v64krj-0 dlqbmr">Lisa Driscoll worked as a nurse in three nursing homes in Saint John despite not having a license to practice. (File photo)
A woman who worked in various long-term care homes in Newfoundland without a license to practice nursing was charged with a long list of offenses by two provincial police forces on Tuesday. p>
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary in Saint John charged Lisa Strickland – who also used the surnames Driscoll, O'Driscoll and Harris – with fraud (three counts), breach of terms of probation (three counts), identity theft (two counts) and perjury (one count).
Meanwhile, Gander RCMP have charged Ms. Strickland with theft under $5,000 and identity theft. All of these issues will be resolved in St. John's Provincial Court.
Lisa Strickland made a brief telephone appearance in court Tuesday morning. She called from her cell in Saint-Jean and told the judge that she had COVID-19. When asked if she understood the charges against her, she said yes.
Lisa Strickland was arrested on Monday. She will spend at least one more night in her cell pending a bail hearing, scheduled for Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.
The 43-year-old woman was unmasked by the Régie Eastern Health, who discovered that she had worked 25 shifts at Lakeside Homes nursing home in Saint John as a registered nurse. She used the name of a real nurse.
A CBC investigation revealed that she had also worked as a nursing assistant at Chancellor Park nursing home in Saint John for more than a year and had stays at Lane and Kenny Pond homes. She is now accused of defrauding these three nursing homes and stealing the identities of two real nurses.
CBC has also confirmed that Lisa Strickland was convicted of “negligence causing death” following the 2017 death of her four-year-old son in Hamilton. In 2021, she was sentenced to two and a half years in prison, but only served an additional 75 days due to time spent in pretrial detention. She then returned to Newfoundland.
In January 2021, Lisa Strickland pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal negligence causing the death of her four-year-old son Kane Driscoll on September 27, 2017 in Hamilton, Ontario.
Ms. Strickland was still on probation when she worked at the three St. John nursing homes, which resulted in the charges of breach of court conditions.
According charges, Lisa Strickland worked in Saint John between March 2021 and July 2022. The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said she was notified on June 10. Central Health Authority added that the accused began working in Gander in August and worked her last shift in early November.
Throughout the investigation, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary determined that Ms. Strickand applied for and obtained nursing positions under various [surnames], including Driscoll, O'Driscoll, Strickland and Harris, with the use of similar first names, reads a press release from the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.
Based on a report by CBC