A woman who worked at the Peachtree Christian Hospice center and cared for Bobbi Kristina Brown during her final months of life was arrested over the weekend for impersonating a nurse.
Fox 5 Atlanta reports that the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for Taiwo Sobamowo after learning that the former caregiver falsely claimed she was a registered nurse. Authorities located Sobamowo in Raleigh, North Carolina, this weekend, where she was arrested and charged with forgery, identity theft, and impersonating a nurse. According to police, more charges are expected to follow.
Police arrest records indicate that Sobamowo was employed by Homestead Hospice and Palliative Care, a company that contracts with Peachtree Christian Hospice and provides caregivers and nurses to help with hospice patients.
A spokesperson for Homestead Hospice stated that the company had no idea that Sobamowo wasn’t a licensed nurse and that they are “shocked and dismayed that she had issues with her licensing.” The company immediately terminated Sobamowo when they learned she wasn’t licensed and turned her information over to the State Board of Nursing.
According to State Board of Nursing’s Regional Director of Operations, Amanda McKissick, Peachtree Hospice wasn’t the only center that Sobamowo illegally worked out.
“We understand that we are not the only hospice that she has gained fraudulent employment with, and we are relieved that she is no longer practicing.”
WREG News 3 reports that authorities haven’t said if Sobamowo is connected in any way to Bobbi Kristina’s death, but it’s officially confirmed that she provided medical care for the 22-year-old during her two-month stay at Peachtree Christian Hospice. Authorities state that new information on the case may be forthcoming.
Another issue surrounding Bobbi Kristina’s stay in hospice is leaked photo of the young reality star that was taken anonymously while she lay in hospice care and allegedly sold for a substantial amount of money. So far, there is no indication that Sobamowo took the photos of Bobbi Kristina, yet no one else has been exposed for the leaked picture.
Meanwhile, Bobbi Kristina’s aunt, Pat Houston, recently opened up about losing her niece in such a tragic way. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight (ET), Houston admitted that she waited too long to stage an intervention.
Houston also stated that it was difficult to get through to her niece due to her strong attachment to Nick Gordon, 26, who faces an upcoming civil trial in which he’s accused of emotionally and physically abusing Bobbi Kristina, as well as stealing $12,000 from her bank account.
Houston didn’t mention if she had any knowledge of Sobamowo during her interview, but she did state that Bobbi Kristina’s hospice care room was tranquil and peaceful during her final days.
“When we went into the room it was just so peaceful and calm and the room was lit — it was like it was candle lit. It was just very, very calming. I went into the bathroom and I placed the flowers at the tub and I just sat there and just was thinking, ‘What happened? How did we get here?'”
Sobamowo has yet to appear before a judge for her charges and hasn’t made any comments regarding Bobbi Kristina Brown. The story is still developing.
Detective Cpl. Jeffrey Roe of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office indicated this morning that Sobamowo allegedly stole a state-issued registered nurse (RN) number from a legitimate nurse who worked at Atlanta’s Grady Hospital. Roe also stated that not only did authorities find no record of Sobamowo being licensed, but they also cannot verify she attended the school she claimed she did on her employment forms.
“Our investigation has revealed no license or registration on record through the Georgia Board of Nursing for Sobamowo. Documentation obtained through Sobamowo’s employment records indicated she attended a medical college in Washington, D.C. To date we have been unable to confirm her attendance at this school.”
As of Tuesday, Sobamowo remains in the Wake County Detention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, on charges of first-degree forgery, practicing nursing without a license, and identity fraud.
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