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Former VA nurse faces prison in records fraud

Posted at 11:40 AM, Dec 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-11 11:40:29-05

MIAMI (AP) — A former Department of Veterans Affairs nurse is facing prison time for falsifying records of a patient who died at the Miami VA medical center.

A federal judge is scheduled in February to sentence 37-year-old Enrique Martinez, who could get a maximum of 20 years behind bars. Martinez pleaded guilty Thursday to falsification and fraud involving VA computer records.

Court records show that Martinez damaged a VA computer and falsified medical records of a 76-year-old veteran in an attempt to hide the poor care provided to the patient. The veteran who died was under direct responsibility of Martinez.