According to a police report obtained Tuesday by the Associated Press, the woman in charge of caring for Bobbi Kristina Brown at the hospice where she died was impersonating a nurse and faces charges including identity fraud and nursing without a license.
The case involving Sobamowo began in September, when investigators in Forsyth County began looking into her background after they received a tip raising questions about Sobamowo, who had worked at an assisted living facility, sheriff’s Deputy Epifanio Rodriguez said Tuesday.
Sobamowo faces charges of first-degree forgery, identity fraud and practicing nursing without a license in Forsyth County, Rodriguez said.
On Oct. 27, Forsyth County sheriff’s Detective Cpl. Jeffrey Roe contacted Duluth police “in reference to a high-profile case” that Duluth has some jurisdiction over, Duluth police wrote in their report.
Roe said Sobamowo had stolen the state-issued RN number of a real nurse at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
“We had no reason to believe that she was anything other than a good nurse with proper credentials,” Homestead Hospice CEO Mallie Sharafat said in a statement. “As soon as the credentialing discrepancy was discovered by one of our employees, we immediately took action and notified the appropriate authorities.”
According to the AP, there nothing in the report that indicates how Sobamowo’s care for Brown may have been affected by the fact that she was not a credentialed nurse. The Fulton County Medical Examiner said in December that the cause of Brown’s death had been determined. It could not be revealed, however, due to a court order to seal the autopsy results.
Duluth police said the case is under investigation. Sharafat said that all care staff are being re-credentialed.