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Ga. woman guilty of forging nursing credentials

ATLANTA — A Henry County woman pleaded guilty this week to forging documents to get a position as a nurse for the U.S. Postal Service.

Fertina Brown, 44, will be sentenced Sept. 13 for one count of making a false document, federal authorities said.

"Brown put people's health and safety at risk, simply to earn a better wage," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a press release.

By presenting the forged license, Brown earned at least $100,000 more than she would have as a mail carrier, the release said.

Brown worked as a mail carrier in 2007 before obtaining a nursing position in the Postal Service's North Metro Distribution Center. An investigation into her qualifications for the job was launched in 2011 after the USPS asked for a copy of her most recent nursing license because the previous copy had expired.

The nursing register number actually belonged to a Texas resident who was on active military duty.

Brown, who could receive the maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, resigned from the USPS in June 2011.