HAMILTON COUNTY, Ohio (WKBN) – An Ohio man pleaded guilty Monday to stealing an identity and impersonating a nurse for almost four years.
Investigators with the Ohio Attorney General’s Health Care Fraud section say 28-year-old Martez Rhandell Morris stole a nurse’s identity and created fraudulent documents to get a job as a licensed practical nurse.
According to the Attorney General Office, Morris provided care for several children and disabled adults.
One of the victims was a 20-month-old child. Investigators say Morris gave breathing treatments to administered medication to the child.
“It’s a special kind of abuse to play pretend nurse to a kid who needs serious care,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said. “The abuse of trust is even worse than the fraud — and I hope the judge takes that into account at sentencing.”
Morris pleaded guilty to identity fraud, tampering with public records, Medicaid fraud and practicing nursing without a license.
He also pleaded guilty to a first-degree misdemeanor charge of endangering children.
Morris spent about eight months in jail after his 2019 arrest. He posted a $200,000 bond.
Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 17.