A Connecticut woman who authorities say spent more than $2,000 to stage a dinner honoring her as "Nurse of the Year" has been charged with pretending to be a nurse at a doctor's office.
Prosecutors say Dr. Gerald Weiss believed Betty Lichtenstein, 56, of Norwalk, was a registered nurse, especially after she was named the Connecticut Nursing Association's "Nurse of the Year" in 2008.
According to the arrest warrant, that association does not exist.
Faces up to 5 years in prison
The state's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit began investigating after a patient complained about Lichtenstein.
She faces up to five years in prison if convicted of reckless endangerment and criminal impersonation charges.
Lichtenstein did not return a telephone message for comment.