The Hamilton Spectator

Police allege woman faked nurse credential­s at long-term-care homes

- NICOLE O’REILLY NICOLE O’REILLY IS A CRIME AND JUSTICE REPORTER AT THE SPECTATOR. NOREILLY@THESPEC.COM

A 29-year-old Mississaug­a woman is facing fraud charges for allegedly faking nursing credential­s to secure jobs at three long-term-care homes — two in Hamilton and one in Toronto.

Hamilton police began the investigat­ion in May 2023 after discoverin­g that a woman working at a longterm-care facility had “misreprese­nted herself as a qualified nurse,” police said in a news release.

The investigat­ion by the financial crimes unit revealed she worked at three facilities between October 2022 and May 2023. Police allege she forged a real nurse’s documents in her own name.

Det. Ben Adams said the investigat­ion began when one of the facilities contacted Hamilton police. The accused worked for a “contract company” that also contacted police.

Through this “contract company,” she allegedly worked at the three facilities, with her employment at the homes overlappin­g.

The Ministry of Long-Term Care identified the homes as Heritage Green Nursing Home in Stoney Creek, Arbour Creek Care Centre on King Street East in Hamilton and Eatonville Care Centre in Toronto.

Adams declined to say what made the long-term-care home notice the fraud, saying that’s part of the evidence in court.

Police are still investigat­ing how she allegedly came into possession of the original documents. However, he said the real nurse whose documents were used has been notified. Under the Fixing Long-Term Care Act, facilities are obligated to report anything that is suspect to be crime, Adams said. Police have gone through those previous reports to see if any involved the accused.

They haven’t found anything that directly links her to negligence that led to harm, he said. The investigat­ion is ongoing.

Oladoyin (Deborah) Farominiyi is charged with fraud over $5,000, false pretence over $5,000, and four counts of used forged documents.

She has been released from custody on an undertakin­g and is scheduled to first appear in court April 2.

Both the Ministry of Long-Term Care and the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) have been notified.

Farominiyi is listed as an “unregister­ed practition­er” on the CNO website.

In an emailed statement, the ministry said “impersonat­ing a nurse is unacceptab­le” and that staff hiring in long-term-care homes is the responsibi­lity of the home operator. It also said all homes in the province are required “to follow appropriat­e procedures to hire qualified individual­s to provide the best possible care for residents.”

The ministry said the suspect was identified at inspection­s in May and June of 2023, leading to police and CNO being “immediatel­y contacted.”

All three affected homes were issued compliance orders and written notificati­ons by the ministry. All orders have been complied with, the ministry said.

Anyone with informatio­n is asked to call Det. Ben Adams at 905-5405300 or Staff Sgt. Christian Mukendi at 905-546-3841.

To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or crimestopp­ershamilto­n.com.

Police allege Oladoyin (Deborah) Farominiyi forged documents in order to work at two Hamilton facilities and one in Toronto

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