Pennsylvania Prosecutors Demand Nurses Admit Credentials Fraud
The Operation Nightingale nursing school scandal is rocking Pennsylvania's nursing profession. A Pennsylvania prosecutor representing the state's Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs has sent notices demanding that nurses admit to credentials fraud and relinquish their license if their name appears on a list the FBI procured from one of its criminal defendants. If you receive this notice, contact the Professional License Defense Team at the Lento Law Firm at 888.535.3686 for representation.
Pennsylvania Nurses Must Respond Timely with Everything on the Line
The prosecutor's notices give the involved nurse thirty days to review, sign, and return an agreement and consent order admitting to the fraud. The prosecutor warns that a nurse's failure to sign and return the consent order within the proscribed timeframe could lead to license fraud charges and proceedings. Yet admitting in a consent order that you committed license fraud could cause you to immediately lose your nursing job and potentially bar you from nursing practice forever.
Pennsylvania Authority to Revoke Nursing Licenses
The Pennsylvania prosecutors sending the demand notices have the state's authority to proceed with license revocation proceedings. The Pennsylvania state code authorizes the State Board of Nursing to revoke a license based on violation of nursing standards, including education requirements. The prosecutor's demand cites that statutory authority. The Operation Nightingale criminal fraud charges adequately allege the violation of nursing standards.
Fighting for Your Pennsylvania Nursing Licenses
But allegations, especially by a criminal defendant cooperating with prosecutors to reduce the defendant's sentence, don't mean that you've done anything wrong. The Pennsylvania prosecutor's demand notices to involved nurses acknowledge that those nurses have the right to retain counsel, present defense witnesses, and challenge the state's witnesses at a fair hearing before an independent decision maker. Signing the prosecutor's proposed consent order waives those rights. But you could instead exercise those rights to fight for your nursing license.
Pennsylvania Prosecutor Advises Nurses to Retain License Defense
Don't let Pennsylvania prosecutors representing the State Board of Nursing take your nursing license just because a criminal defendant has put your name on a list of students earning credentials from one of the involved Florida nursing schools. The prosecutor's demand acknowledges that you should retain qualified professional license defense counsel before responding to the state's demand that you give up your nursing license and potentially lose your nursing career forever: “The Department of State suggests that you consider speaking with an attorney prior to making any decision in this matter.”
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Pennsylvania professional license defense attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm's premier Professional License Defense Team are available to represent you before Pennsylvania's Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs and State Board of Nursing. Nursing license issues place your nursing job and career on the line. Call 888.535.3686 or go online now for the premier Pennsylvania license defense attorney services you need to fight for your nursing license.