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Woman Posing as RN Arrested

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Sarasota County Sheriff's Office
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The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

A Sarasota woman was arrested and charged with unlicensed health care practice and criminal use of personal identification information after police say she posed falsely as a registered nurse, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports.

Kristina Balen worked at the Sarasota Arthritis Center until February, when missing medication spurred an investigation. Balen’s personnel file didn’t include any certificates or licenses, the Herald-Tribune reports.

When confronted, Balen told her office manager she had a registered nursing license under her maiden name and former married name, according to the Herald-Tribune. Florida Department of Health records show she has an active CNA license under her maiden name, the Herald-Tribune reports.

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