UPDATE: Description of reported fake nurse in Worth County

Prescription drugs have been reported missing after people let her into their homes.

Posted: Dec 7, 2017 7:30 PM
Updated: Dec 8, 2017 7:01 PM

NORTHWOOD, Iowa – The Worth County Sheriff’s Office is releasing more information about someone passing herself off as a therapy nurse.

It’s been reported in and around the Grafton area that a woman has been stopping at homes and claiming to be from Worth County Public Health or Worth County Home Care. After the woman was allowed in, prescription pills were reported missing.

The Sheriff’s Office says the phony nurse has been described as 5’2’’ to 5’5’’, weighing 130 to 140 pounds, and between her late 20s to mid-30s. Witnesses have said she had lighter hair and darker hair and authorities say she may have used a wig as a disguise.

The woman is also described as driving a dark gray minivan, possibly a Chrysler or a Dodge.

The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health has also issue a public warning that it has received similar reports of someone going to homes, impersonating a health or human services official, and asking to see medications or offering medical equipment which may be harmful to the patient. Prescription drugs have been reported stolen as well.

“If you do not see a Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health vehicle with appropriate signage, you do not recognize the person, or the individual is unable to show you an official Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health name tag, please call us right away,” said Ron Osterholm, Health Director with the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health. “Do not give out any information or let the individual into your home until you have confirmed it is an employee with our Department.”

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NORTHWOOD, Iowa- The Worth County Sheriff’s Office say they are warning the public about an individual who is going door to door near the town of Grafton, saying they are from the Worth County Department of Public Health or the Worth County Human Services Office.

Sheriff Dan Fank says the first call came in about a week and a half ago. He says the resident let them in to their home, but nothing was taken. Thursday morning they received three more calls about the same type of incident and said that one resident did have a prescription bottle of opioid pain killers take.

“They are trying to do some medical treatment to the individual that they are not capable of doing, it's not doctor advised,” says Sheriff Fank.

Sheriff Fank says if you see anything out of the ordinary you should contact authorities immediately.

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