Crime

Woman pleads guilty to stealing identity of nurse

A Dallas woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing the identity of a registered nurse and using the information to land jobs at eight North Texas hospice companies.

Jada Necole Antoine, 33, of Dallas submitted documents to companies indicating that she provided care to patients, in order to obtain reimbursements, according to federal agents.

Antoine received more than $54,900 in compensation even though she was not a physician, a registered nurse or other healthcare provider, federal agents said.

She pleaded guilty to one federal count of fraud by means of identification before U.S. Magistrate Judge David L. Horan.

Antoine, who has been in custody since her arrest this summer in Georgia, is scheduled to be sentenced on March 16. She faces a maximum of 15 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine plus restitution.

Antoine stole the registered nurse’s driver’s license and Social Security card, and used the identification to land jobs at hospice companies including Silverado Senior Living Hospice, Keystone Custom Care Hospice, New Century Hospice, Hospice Pharmacy Solutions, Elysian Hospice, Community Hospice of Texas, Odessey Healthcare GP, LLC and Heart to Heart Hospice of Texas.

From January 2009 to April 2012, about $2.3 million in hospice claims were submitted to Medicare for services reportedly performed by Antoine impersonating a registered nurse.

Despite having no medical or nursing license, Antoine reported providing services to more than 100 Medicare and/or Medicaid clients, according to federal court documents.

Antoine received compensation from Heart to Heart and Odyssey, federal agents said in court documen

_ Domingo Ramirez Jr.

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