In the quite entertaining movie ‘Catch me if you can’ (which is based on real life), Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio play a modern day Tom and Jerry cat and mouse where the character of Mr DiCaprio takes on the job of someone he is not, be it a doctor, a pilot or a stockbroker.
An interesting twist of scenery and we find Miss Raquel Avore, a nurse from South Carolina, who got a call from authorities in Memphis about her work at several health care locations in Shelby County. She of course was totally surprised upon hearing that someone had taken on her identity to obtain a position there.
Ms Avore exclaimed: "You've got to be kidding me. How did this happen? How does someone use a nursing license that's supposed to be specifically mine?"
Authorities in Memphis explained that the identity thief, Ms Raquel Hayes took a nurse's license from a stranger with the same first name, in this case Ms Raquel Avore, and subsequently used it to get jobs at several health care facilities between June 2013 and July 2015 in the area.
“You could go on to the state licensing board for registered state nurses and type in my name, and it will pop out my license number,” Ms Avore continued, “it’s extremely scary. Hopefully it won’t happen again.”
Hayes' attorney claims his client said his client even got a job at Fertility Associates of Memphis via the wrongful identity that she after two years, wore like a second skin..
Tennessee's nursing board, in a reaction to the news claims that "employers have the responsibility to verify and continuously monitor the licensure status"
Authorities had received a tip about Hayes from one of their colleagues. it is unclear how long she could have otherwise kept the charade going. She has now pleaded guilty to identity theft as well as impersonating a licensed professional. For these charges, she received two years probation.