'Nurse of the Year' charged with not being a nurse

August 7, 2009 10:15:28 AM PDT
A 56-year-old woman who was honored at a 2008 dinner as the so-called Connecticut Nursing Association's "Nurse of the Year," was charged with pretending to be a nurse. Prosecutors said Betty Lichtenstein had been had been working in a doctor's office.According to the arrest warrent, that association does not exist and Lichtenstein spent more than $2,000 of her own money to stage that dinner.

Inspectors from the state's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit began investigating after a patient complained about Lichtenstein.

She faces up to five years in prison if convicted of charges reckless endangerment and criminal impersonation.

Lichtenstein did not immediately return a telephone message for comment.

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