A woman serving a seven-year sentence after she impersonated a nurse for a year in a Canadian hospital is now facing 15 fresh charges.
Brigitte Cleroux, 50, has now been accused of eight counts of assault involving a weapon, three counts of assault, four counts of using a forged document, one count of fraud over $5000, and one count of impersonation with intent to gain an advantage in an impressive charge sheet.
The assault charges that she is facing also involve 10 women, all of whom were patients at the hospital that Cleroux worked at while impersonating a nurse.
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However, officers have spoken to more than 40 people who are believed to have been affected by Cleroux during this period.
Vancouver police spokesperson Sgt. Steve Addison told CBC: "We've been working very closely with all of those victims to conduct investigations, and as you can imagine, these investigations are complicated — not just from the passage of time, but also because we're dealing with very personal stories."
The sergeant also confirmed that further investigations are underway, and despite the massive list of charges it possible that there will be even more to come.
Cleroux worked as a perioperative nurse at B.C. Women's Hospital in Vancouver between June 2020 and June 2021.
During that time she assisted with an untold number of surgeries.
This is also not the first time that Cleroux has been involved in a crime involving impersonation.
She currently has at least 67 convictions as a adult, including several for impersonating a nurse or teacher, and is currently wanted on warrants in Florida and Colorado.
Scott Stanley represents some of the patients who were treated by Cleroux during her time there.
In a written statement he said:
"When people have been fooled, there can be a temptation to think it was at the hand of a genius. Often, it is a failure to follow basic common sense procedures.
"These recent charges against Ms. Cleroux illustrate the need for institutions to have such procedures in place and to follow them."
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