Report: Accused nurse imposter stole patient's identity in 2007

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A woman arrested for trying to impersonate a nurse at Walterboro nursing home, stole the personal information of a patient at a North Charleston nursing home in 2007.

According to a North Charleston Police Department incident report, 39-year-old Stacy Duncan worked as the assistant nursing director at then Driftwood Nursing Home at the time.

Police arrested Duncan and she was convicted of exploitation of vulnerable adult and financial identity fraud.

Officials at Heritage Healthcare nursing home in Walterboro did a background check on Duncan after she applied for a nursing job last Friday and learned she had a criminal record.

Duncan was charged with unauthorized practice as a nurse and was taken to the Colleton County Detention Center.

Charleston area nursing recruiter Babbette Yates said it should be easy to spot a phony nurse during the initial face to face interview.

"You pull out some nursing lingo and they'll either know it or they won't," Yates said.

Yates also does a thorough background check that includes looking at the applicant's nursing record in every state he or she has worked.

"I run a nationwide FBI and SLED check on them, so that helps me prevent any problems with someone maybe trying to be somebody else."

Duncan is being held in the Colleton County Detention Center under $50,000 bond.

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