March 19, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
WOMAN CONVICTED OF PRACTICING NURSING WITHOUT A LICENSE
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that a Baltimore woman
has pled guilty and been sentenced for practicing nursing without
a license in both Baltimore County and Baltimore City.
Flora Ortiz Harris, 28, formerly of Cedarbarn Way, Baltimore, 21244,
pled guilty in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County to practicing
registered nursing without a license and misrepresentation that
she was authorized to practice registered nursing. The charges arose
from the fact that on September 24, 2001, Harris obtained a registered
nurse position at a Catonsville pediatric medical office by claiming
she had completed nursing school and was licensed in Maryland to
practice registered nursing. Harris has no nursing degree and has
never been licensed in Maryland or elsewhere to practice nursing.
the count of practicing registered nursing without a license, Harris
was sentenced by the Honorable Susan M. Souder to one year, all
but six months suspended, to be served at home. The Court also imposed
a $500 fine and put Harris on three years of supervised probation.
The Court imposed a one-year consecutive sentence for the misrepresentation
count, suspending the entire sentence.
March 18, Harris pled guilty in the Baltimore City Circuit Court
to practicing registered nursing without a license and misrepresenting
that she was authorized to practice registered nursing at Sinai
Hospital of Baltimore as a "nurse graduate," a RN nursing
school graduate who will be licensed in Maryland to practice as
a registered nurse within 90 days of hire. The Baltimore City charges
followed an investigation proving that Ms. Harris was hired in January
2002 as a registered nurse graduate at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore,
based upon her representations that she had a May 1999 B.S. in Nursing
from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and was awaiting the results
of her registered nurse licensing examination.
Hospital discharged Harris when she could not provide proof within
90 days of hire that she had taken and passed the Maryland RN licensing
exam. Meanwhile, a criminal investigation revealed that Robyn Harris'
educational credentials were fake. She never attended the University
of Hawaii and had no nursing degree from any other nursing school.
Likewise, Harris lied on her application to sit for the licensing
examination and failed the test twice. After she failed, she tried
unsuccessfully to convince the Board of Nursing that her failing
test results were a mistake.
Honorable Evelyn Omega Cannon sentenced Robyn Harris to one year
in the Division of Correction, suspending all but 90 days, the sentence
to commence on March 24, 2003. Judge Cannon also imposed a fine
of $500 and waived costs. On the misrepresentation count, the Court
imposed a one-year sentence, consecutive to the sentence for practicing
RN without a license, and suspended the entire sentence. The Court
placed Harris on three years of supervised probation.
cases were prosecuted by the Criminal Investigations Division of
the Attorney General's Office, with assistance from the Maryland
Board of Nursing and the Maryland State Police.