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Woman Who Cared for Bobbi Kristina Impersonated Nurse: PD



    Wake County (N.C.) Jail/AP file photo
    Bobbi Kristina Brown at the LA premiere of "Sparkle" on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, in Los Angeles. Inset: Taiwo Sobamowo, seen in an undated photo provided by the Wake County Jail, allegedly impersonated a nurse while she was in charge of Bobbi Kristina Brown's care at the hospice where she died.

    A woman in charge of Bobbi Kristina Brown's care at the hospice where she died was impersonating a nurse and faces charges that include identity fraud and nursing without a license, police said.

    Taiwo Sobamowo cared for Brown, the only daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, according to a police report obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. The report describes Sobamowo, 32, as the nurse in charge of caring for Brown.

    There is nothing in the report that mentions how Brown's care might have been affected. Duluth police say the case is under investigation.

    The 22-year-old Brown died July 26, six months after she was found face-down and unresponsive in the bathtub of her Roswell home Jan. 31.

    In a statement, Homestead Hospice CEO Mallie Sharafat said the company performed a background check and reviewed references from other health care agencies in the area.

    "We had no reason to believe that she was anything other than a good nurse with proper credentials," Sharafat wrote. "As soon as the credentialing discrepancy was discovered by one of our employees, we immediately took action and notified the appropriate authorities."

    Sharafat said the company has since taken "further precautions," including re-credentialing all care staff.

    Sobamowo, who has addresses in Buford, Georgia, and Raleigh, North Carolina, was being held Tuesday in a Raleigh jail on a charge of being a fugitive from another state, records show. The jail had no record of an attorney representing her.

    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.

    "Our investigation has revealed no license or registration on record through the Georgia Board of Nursing for Sobamowo," Duluth police said in a separate statement on the case.

    "Documentation obtained through Sobamowo's employment records indicated she attended a medical college in Washington, D.C.," the statement said. "To date we have been unable to confirm her attendance at this school."

    Georgia law enforcement officers had a potential address where Sobamowo was staying in Raleigh and she was arrested there Sunday, Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said Tuesday.

    Duluth police said they've obtained a warrant charging Sobamowo with practicing as a registered nurse without a license in that city and that additional charges may be filed.

    Roswell police have been investigating the circumstances surrounding Brown's death. In September, the Fulton County Medical Examiner said the cause has been determined, but the autopsy results would not be publicly revealed because of a court order to seal the results.

    Associated Press writers Emery Dalesio in Raleigh and Kathleen Foody contributed to this story.