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‘Nurse of the Year’ charged with pretending to be a registered nurse


A Norwalk woman who was honored at a 2008 dinner as the so-called Connecticut Nursing Association’s “Nurse of the Year,” was arrested Thursday after investigators found out she was not licensed to practice nursing.

Betty Lichtenstein, 56, worked as a registered nurse at the Norwalk doctor’s office but she wasn’t licensed with the state.

According to the Hartford Courant, Lichtenstein was arrested by inspectors from the Medicaid fraud control unit and charged with illegal use of the registered nurse title, six counts of second-degree reckless endangerment and criminal impersonation.

Police launched an investigation earlier this year after a patient complained that Lichtenstein had acted unprofessionally. The inquest then determined that she never had a license, yet had administered injections and given medical advice to the doctor’s patients.

Investigators also found out that the Connecticut Nursing Association does not exist and that Lichtenstein used $2,000 of her own money to stage the dinner.

If convicted of the charges, she faces up to 5 years in prison.