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Off the Wall News: Fake nurse used fake online diploma to get real license

Loretta Park, Standard-Examiner • Feb 10, 2014 at 5:03 PM

FARMINGTON, Utah — A 23-year-old Clinton woman faked her diplomas and transcripts to get a nursing license so she would not disappoint her family, her defense attorney said Monday.

Julie George said Alecia Danielle Grimes was the top of her class in high school and "there was a lot of pressure for her to go into a particular field."

But when Grimes did not pass the necessary tests, instead of admitting it to her family, she altered her transcripts to get fake diplomas in order to get a nursing license, George said in a sentencing hearing before Judge Michael Allphin.

George said Grimes has volunteered to have "every data base in the country" be aware she never got a nursing license and has agreed to never work in the nursing field.

Allphin sentenced Grimes to serve 180 days in the Davis County Jail and to serve three years probation with Adult Probation & Parole.

The state Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing learned of the deception shortly after Grimes was hired to work as a nurse with Hillcrest Care Center in Sandy.

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