Woman steals nurse’s identity, practices nursing without license in Shelby County

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A former Bartlett resident pleaded guilty to using a woman’s identity to work as a nurse at several health care locations in Shelby County.

From June 2013 to July 2015, Raquel Hayes, who now lives in Murfreesboro, used a South Carolina woman’s nursing credentials to obtain work locally, according to the office of District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

The South Carolina nurse’s first name is also Raquel, Weirich’s office said.

Hayes listed several colleges on her resume, claiming to have obtained a nursing degree. Investigators quickly learned that none of the colleges had records of the 36-year-old ever obtaining any type of degree as part of their programs.

Before she was to have been tried in federal criminal court, Hayes pleaded guilty Monday to identity theft and impersonating a licensed professional.

She was sentenced to two years probation.