Nurse charged for using fake PH university transcripts to get California RN license

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A Los Angeles, California vocational nurse has been charged with four felonies for allegedly submitting fake foreign transcripts and a falsified application in an attempt to become licensed as a registered nurse (RN).

DeWayne Dai Dela Guerra, aka DeWayne Aundray Williams, is scheduled to appear in Sacramento Superior Court on June 27, 2018. Dela Guerra has been charged with two felony counts of filing false documents with the state and two felony counts of perjury.

He is accused of attempting to obtain an RN license by submitting a falsified application and falsified foreign education records to the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).

Dela Guerra was investigated by the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation, Enforcement Support Unit. Investigators gathered evidence that Dela Guerra was in the U.S. during the time he claimed to be attending a university in the Philippines. Additionally, BRN received confirmation from the university that Dela Guerra’s documents were not authentic.

A document from California Department of Consumer Affairs states the following:

On or about on September 1, 2014 and again on December 18, 2015, Respondent [Dela Guerra] filed an application for licensure as a registered nurse with the California Board of Registered Nursing. By his application, Respondent falsely represented that he received a nursing degree from Far Eastern University located in Manila, Philippines having graduated on March 28, 2010 and that he attended the nursing school in the Philippines during the period March 13, 2006 to March 28, 2010. This representation was false as Respondent was not registered as a student with Far Eastern University.

Additionally, Respondent submitted to the California Board of Registered Nursing, documents purporting to be a transcript of records, diploma, related learning experience, school calendar, and course descriptions, however these documents did not originate from Far Eastern University.

As part of his application for a Registered Nursing License, Respondent represented that he performed clinical work while he was in the Philippines. However, during the time period that Respondent represented he was performing clinical work in the Philippines, he was employed as a vocational nurse in California and had not traveled to the Philippines.

The investigation was conducted with assistance from special agents at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General and BRN staff. In recent years, BRN and the Division of Investigation have conducted numerous investigations involving fraudulent foreign transcripts which lead to criminal prosecutions in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties.

Dr. Joseph Morris, BRN executive officer, said, “The California Board of Registered Nursing’s primary mission is consumer protection and application fraud poses a serious and imminent threat to public safety. Those attempting to fraudulently obtain an RN license will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Dela Guerra is being prosecuted by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Consumer and Environmental Protection Unit. He was previously convicted in Washington of two felony counts of second degree theft for submitting fraudulent billing records to the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

Dela Guerra is a licensed vocational nurse and the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians has filed an Accusation against him.

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