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For Immediate Release
August 26, 2005
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Kevin Enright 410-576-6357

NURSING ASSISTANT SENTENCED TO 60 DAYS IN JAIL FOR IMPERSONATING A LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE


Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Jerry Lee Holland, age 45, of Saltzman Road, Severna Park, was sentenced by the Honorable Michael E. Loney for the crimes of Practicing Licensed Practical Nursing Without a License and Misrepresentation as Authorized to Practice Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN). On both counts, the Defendant was sentenced concurrently to serve 60 days of a one-year jail sentence and he was ordered to complete three years of supervised probation. In addition to court costs, Jerry Lee Holland was fined $250 as part of his sentence for Practicing LPN without a License.

The Office of the Attorney General argued that the facts of the case justified a sentence that included 60 days in jail. Jerry Lee Holland has never been licensed in the State of Maryland or elsewhere as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). However, between July 29, 2003 and September 24, 2004, while he was employed at Psychotherapeutic Services, an Annapolis D.D.A. facility providing services to developmentally disabled clients, the Defendant performed licensed practical nursing duties including giving injections of prescribed medications. For most of time period that he impersonated a LPN, he performed LPN duties on a temporary basis. The facility relied upon Holland’s representations that he was a LPN. Holland also provided Psychotherapeutic Services with a counterfeit LPN license. When Psychotherapeutic Services discovered on September 24, 2004, that Mr. Holland was not a LPN, he was immediately terminated from employment.

The Defendant was a certified nursing assistant but this certification did not qualify him to perform in a nurse role. According to the Defendant’s attorney, the Maryland Board of Nursing has revoked Jerry Holland’s certification as a Nursing Assistant (CNA).

This case was investigated by Office of the Attorney General, Criminal Investigations Division (CID) and the Maryland Board of Nursing. The case will be prosecuted by the Criminal Investigations Division with the assistance of the Maryland State Police.

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