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Woman with sketchy past faces Colorado Springs trial for again posing as nurse

May 15, 2018 Updated: May 16, 2018 at 6:16 am
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Terrace Gardens Health Care Center, 2438 E. Fountain Blvd. (Google maps)

A woman who has faked credentials to work as a nurse in Denver, Aurora and Commerce City is headed to trial in Colorado Springs after allegedly passing out medications at a local nursing home.

Jennifer Renee Jackson, 36, is accused of stealing another woman's identity to secure a job at Terrace Gardens Health Care Center, 2438 E. Fountain Blvd.

Jackson worked seven shifts in nine days last August at Terrace Gardens, handling the same tasks as any registered nurse, including distributing narcotic medication, an arrest affidavit says.

The Colorado Attorney General's Office unraveled the alleged scheme, ending her tenure there. At the time, she was free on bond on similar charges out of Arapahoe County, court records indicate.

Jackson, who is free on $3,000 bond, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony counts of identity theft and criminal impersonation and a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized nursing. She is due for an Oct. 15 trial before 4th Judicial District Judge Michael McHenry.

Jackson was arrested in the Colorado Springs case Dec. 7 - days before being sentenced for illegally treating patients at the Woodridge Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Commerce City. She received four years' probation, with the stipulation that she receive mental health care.

To get the job in Commerce City, Jackson assumed the identity of a registered nurse in the Denver metro area who shares her first and last name but not her middle initial, authorities say.

While free on bond, she assumed the same identity to obtain a position with Readylink Staffing, a California-based company that pairs health-care workers with facilities across the country.

Readylink initially placed her in a facility in Nebraska, but she failed to show up for work, authorities say. She then was matched with a job at Terrace Gardens.

Jackson "was first found to be working as an unlicensed certified nurse's aide (CNA) in 2012 and has repeatedly worked in the medical field using license numbers belonging to other individuals," Colorado Springs police detective Jeff True said in an arrest affidavit. She was served cease and desist orders for her unlicensed practice in March 2014 and Aug. 2, 2017, days before beginning her job in Colorado Springs.

Police have not alleged that Jackson caused harm to patients.

Representatives of Terrace Gardens and Readylink Staffing did not return phone messages requesting comment.

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