Woman Facing Federal Charges for Stealing a Nursing License in Order to Fraudulently Work as a Nurse in Indianapolis Nursing Homes

Jun 2, 2023

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Indiana:

INDIANAPOLIS- A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Rochelle Perry, 49, of Indianapolis, Indiana, with five counts of Social Security number fraud, three counts of aggravated identity theft, and one count of Social Security disability benefits fraud. The indictment was unsealed today, following Perry’s arrest and initial appearance.

As alleged in the indictment, between February 26, 2020, and March 23, 2022, Perry submitted five fraudulent applications for employment to Indianapolis area nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Perry used a stolen Social Security number on all five of the applications. She was receiving Social Security disability insurance benefits under her true Social Security number, and she knew that those benefits would be reduced or eliminated if the Social Security Administration found out she had a job. Additionally, Perry knew that she might not be able to pass an employment background check if she applied to a health care facility using her true Social Security number.

In some of the job applications, Perry also used a stolen Licensed Practical Nurse (“LPN”) license number to trick the employers into believing she was an LPN. Perry has never received any type of nursing license in the state of Indiana.

Of the five job applications, four were for LPN positions. Perry applied for these positions despite not having a nursing license. She worked as an LPN at one facility from January 21, 2021, to April 27, 2021, and at a second facility from May 10, 2021, to November 23, 2021. At a third facility, she worked as a Memory Care Program Coordinator from February 26, 2020, to April 16, 2020.

Between December 3, 2019, and December 2, 2022, Perry received approximately $54,991.30 in Social Security disability benefits under her true Social Security number. On two separate occasions, in August 2021 and October 2022, Perry submitted Work Activity Reports to the Social Security Administration. In those reports, Perry declared, under penalty of perjury, that she had not earned any income since May 2019. Perry did not disclose that she had been earning wages at health care facilities.

The FBI, Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, Indiana Attorney General’s Office – Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and IMPD investigated this case. If convicted on all counts, Rochelle faces up to 5 years in federal prison. A federal district court judge will determine the actual sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant United States Attorney Matthew B. Miller, who is prosecuting this case.

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