A Buford woman accused of practicing as a nurse without a license at a Cumming senior living facility was indicted earlier this month by a Forsyth County grand jury.
An article by Forsyth County News reports that the woman, 33-year-old Taiwo Bolatito Sobamawo, faces two counts of practicing as a registered nurse without a license and two counts of identity fraud. She was indicted in Forsyth County Superior Court on May 9.
A 2015 press release from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office states she was arrested in November of 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina by Wake County sheriff’s deputies on a warrant from FCSO. She was then extradited to Forsyth County for trial.
Sobamawo was working as a nurse at Gracemont Assisted Living and Memory Care in Cumming at the time of her arrest, where it was discovered she was not actually a licensed nurse, despite officially pronouncing the death of at least one senior and writing “R.N.” after her name on patients’ medical records.
R.N. stands for “registered nurse,” a qualification that typically requires the completion of a two-year program. R.N.’s, along with doctors and physician assistants, can officially pronounce someone dead in Georgia.
An investigation by law enforcement agencies from multiple jurisdictions concluded that Sobamawo is not licensed as a nurse anywhere in the U.S. and used the identity of a medical professional from Atlanta. That woman claimed to not know Sobamawo.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office states that Sobamawo faked her credentials in order to gain employment at Gracemont, the facility accepting her credentials at the time of her hiring.
It is also unclear how many patients Sobamawo treated during her time at Gracemont. WDUN reports that Forsyth County deputy Epifanio Rodriguez says no patients are known to have been harmed under her care.
This is not the only nurse impersonation charge Sobamawo is facing. In November, Duluth Police charged her with impersonating a nurse at Peachtree Christian Hospice, according to a Fox 5 report. There, she reportedly looked after a famous patient, Bobbi Kristina Brown, the now-deceased daughter of signers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.
The 22-year-old was at Peachtree when she was taken off of life support in July of 2015.
In wake of Sobamawo’s indictment, her trial is expected to move forward. She faces one to ten years in prison for each count of identity fraud and one to five years for each count of impersonating a nurse, in accordance with Georgia’s criminal code.
Sobamawo currently resides in the Forsyth County Jail.