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Hamilton County man pleads guilty to impersonating nurse

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Posted at 11:19 AM, Oct 20, 2020

A Hamilton County man pleaded guilty to stealing an identity and impersonating a nurse for almost four years, according to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.

Yost said Martez Rhandell Morris, 28, stole a nurse’s identity and created fraudulent documents to get a job as a licensed practical nurse.

Morris pleaded guilty on Monday to identity fraud, tampering with public records, Medicaid fraud, practicing nursing without a license and endangering children.

Morris performed duties as an LPN including providing care for several children and an adult with disabilities. Under this guise, Morris gave breathing treatments, administered medication and cleaned the feeding tube of a 20-month-old, Yost said.

Yost released the following statement:

“It’s a special kind of abuse to play pretend nurse to a kid who needs serious care. The abuse of trust is even worse than the fraud — and I hope the judge takes that into account at sentencing.”

After his arrest in 2019, Morris spent about eight months in jail until he posted a $200,000 bond. Morris is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 17.