Woman with revoked nursing license pleads guilty to fraud

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Posted at 2:12 PM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 17:12:04-04

CHANDLER, AZ — A woman with a revoked nursing license who was caught using fake documents to get a real license has been sentenced.

Laura Lynn Bell was sentenced on August 29 to three years of probation after pleading guilty to fraud.

In August of 2018, ABC15 told you about Bell, a psychiatric nurse with a revoked license, treating VA patients and defrauding the VA and insurance companies of over $800,000. While on release for those charges, Bell was arrested again.

Arizona Department of Transportation investigators say Bell, who also goes by Laura Lynn Smith, was using a fake driver's license to get transcripts from the University of South Alabama. Officials at the school reportedly got a forged court document showing a name change from Laura Lynn Smith to Alicia Houston.

She was requesting that the university transfer her transcripts from Smith to Houston so she could renew her nursing license, which was revoked in several states, including Arizona.

Investigators found forged court documents and other papers in the name of Alicia Houston in her home.

When investigators contacted the real Alicia Houston, she reportedly told them that she has never seen or heard of Bell.

Bell was released from custody last week.