McCordsville woman charged for faking nursing license, breast cancer

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GREENFIELD, Ind. (July 20, 2015) - A McCordsville woman has been charged for faking a nursing license and other state documents.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Ashley Trent was working for Developmental Service Alternatives (DSA) in Greenfield from 2012-2014 with a nursing license she forged.

Court records show Trent was initially hired by the company as a personal support assistant, a non-clinical position. She was then promoted to a nurse, caring for multiple patients in group homes. When she produced a nursing license, investigators determined the license was fake.

Investigators also determined Trent claimed she was planning on taking the NCLEX exam, but never did. Passing the exam is mandatory for nurses to obtain a license.

Court records show Trent worked as a nurse for DSA from late 2012 to early 2014. Her responsibilities included the oversight of medical care for DSA clients, facilitating communications with residents and doctors, and preparing multiple monthly reports and nursing summaries.

DSA became aware of the scam when Trent's fake license was up for renewal. Court records show Trent did not produce a renewed license and instead, created a fake document from Indiana Professional Licensing Agency stating she could not renew her license because of a computer glitch.

Nicholas Goodwin, Communications Director for Indiana PLA says their agency provides licensees with a 90-day notice stating they must submit for renewal. He said it's up to individuals to renew their licenses.

“They would need to be able to show, as a condition of their employment, that they are licensed and that is state law," said Goodwin.

Court records show in April 2013, Tent told DSA supervisors she had breast cancer. Investigators say she forged letters with signatures from IU Health physicians so she could be given medical leave from her company. Trent wore wigs to work and told co-workers she was undergoing chemotherapy. Trent's co-workers gave her their paid time off hours. IU Health doctors were contacted by investigators who said Trent was never a patient. It was determined that Trent did not have breast cancer.

In early December 2013, court records show Trent failed to continue a resident's medication as order by a doctor. An internal investigation was conducted, which is policy of DSA.

In January 2014, DSA officials told Trent she was placed on an investigative suspension. Court records show later that evening, Trent asked an employee to get her laptop from a locker at a DSA group home. Trent printed out a letter stating her resignation and that she had "decided to move on in [her] career."

Through a lengthy investigation, the Indiana Attorney General's Office determined Trent, "with the intent to defraud the management at DSA," forged the following documents; an e-mail reference letter, an NCLEX exam congratulatory letter, an  Indiana Online Licensing document, three documents related to an application for FMLA benefits containing forged signatures from IU Health doctors, a forged letter stating a default in the license renewal process.

Trent is charged with forgery, deception, theft and practicing nursing without a license.