SAN ANTONIO -

Toni Stringfellow, 53, the suspect in an identity theft case in which she fraudulently got a job as a nurse at a medical center near Our Lady of the Lake University, has been convicted of similar crimes in the past.

According to the state Board of Nursing’s website, Stringfellow made the “Imposter Alert” in 2005 after she worked as a nurse without a license.

The entry on the website states that she was hired by an employee testing facility for a job that required a licensed registered nurse, and even indicated on her business card that she was an R. N.

It also states that she wrote prescriptions while she worked there.

Stringfellow was later fired after her employer discovered she did not have a nursing license, the website stated.

She then went on to obtain a job as a school nurse at a private Christian school, the website stated.

This time around, San Antonio police said Stringfellow used someone else’s identity and got hired in May as director of nursing at McCullough Hall Nursing Inc., a medical center adjacent to Our Lady of the Lake University.

"It doesn't surprise me because she's posed as a nurse practitioner one time,” said Don Carlson, a neighbor who lives across the street from Stringfellow’s North Side home. “When she was doing that, she had an ankle (monitor) on.”

Carlson said he’s familiar with Stringfellow’s long history of arrests.

An arrest warrant affidavit in the latest case stated that although Stringfellow had convinced her employer that she was someone else, OLLU police noticed her true identity in June while investigating a series of theft cases.

The affidavit stated that several employees reported that someone had stolen and used their credit cards, beginning around the same time as when Stringfellow was hired.

While investigating, officers found a state ID card with Stringfellow’s true identity in her purse, the affidavit stated.

San Antonio police were called in to take over the investigation.

They said she later admitted to using another person’s identity and credentials to obtain the job, the affidavit stated.

Joanne Woodruff, an elder fraud prosecutor with the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, said Stringfellow is no stranger to her office.

In addition to the claims that she practiced nursing without a license, Stringfellow also has been convicted of stealing other people’s identities for her financial gain.

She said many of the previous identity theft cases involved the same victim, her husband’s ex-wife.

"She would open credit cards, she would cash checks using her Social Security number,” Woodruff said.

She said in 2006, Stringfellow was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

After serving part of that, she was released last winter, Woodruff said.

"As soon as she got out, she started using (the woman’s information) again, in addition to the other fraudulent information when she became a director of nursing,” Woodruff said.

Stringfellow was charged Monday with fraudulent use of identifying information and tampering with government records.

If convicted, she could face prison time, possibly in addition to being required to serve out her original sentence, Woodruff said.

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