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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 3, 2016

San Benito Man Convicted of Posing as Licensed Vocational Nurse

McALLEN, Texas ‐ A San Benito man has entered a guilty plea to falsely holding himself out as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

In December 2014, Juan Manuel Perez, 35, obtained employment with Cleveland Health Care LLC in McAllen, claiming to be a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). The license number presented by Perez, however, belonged to another individual of the same name. Perez is not licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing and is not an LVN.

Perez, posing as the LVN, conducted patient home visits and provided medical services from December 2015 through July 2016 while employed with Cleveland Health Care. 

Perez pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft which carries a mandatory two‐year prison term. He is scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 24, 2017.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services‐Office of Inspector General, FBI and the Health and Human Services Commission conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew Swartz and Michael Day are prosecuting the case.

Topic: 
Identity Theft
Updated November 3, 2016