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Lawsuit: Woman claimed to be nurse for Oyster Bay nanny job

A woman fraudulently posed as a nurse using her sister’s license to land a job caring for the twins of an Oyster Bay couple who owned a global investment firm, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in State Supreme Court in Manhattan.

Brenda Soley Heath used her sister’s nurse practitioners license to get hired by a Manhattan placement agency, which then allowed her to secure a position as a nanny, taking care of the twins of Clive and Reeta Holmes, the suit says.

The Holmeses’ suit says Heath did not have the proper qualifications, including CPR and first-aid certifications, to perform her duties and she conspired with her sister, Maureen Williams, also known as Maureen Russell, to split profits from their scheme.

“Heath and Russell concocted a scheme whereby Heath, using Russell’s nursing qualifications, would assume false identity under Russell’s former name or alias, Maureen Williams, in order to become affiliated with an elite baby nurse placement agency in New York and receive high-paying placements with families despite being unqualified or trained for such position herself,” according to the lawsuit.

Heath first worked for the Holmeses as a baby nurse and nanny for their newborn twins from September 2010 until September 2012.

Heath was rehired in January 2014 as a nanny for the Holmeses’ then 1-year-old son. About a year later, according to the lawsuit, the Holmeses were told at the son’s pediatric checkup that “delayed introduction to solid food and continued dependence on bottle-feeding and pacifiers was causing developmental delay.”

The Holmeses, believing their son was already being introduced to solid foods, started a plan to transition the boy to solid food that was shared with Heath, the suit says. But, Heath “actively disobeyed” instructions, including by buying additional bottles and pacifiers, and at one point allegedly told another of the couple’s nannies that “once this child starts to eat and is out of diapers, I am out of a job.”

According to the lawsuit, Heath became hostile and inattentive beginning in the spring of 2015. The couple alleges she allowed their son to fall, “forcefully grabbed” one child and shook their son. Heath then tried to shove Reeta Holmes in November 2015 at which point Heath was fired, according to the suit.

It was then, according to the lawsuit, that the Holmeses discovered that Heath was not “Maureen Williams,” the nurse practitioner she had claimed to be.

The Holmeses lawsuit, which also names Maureen Russell, alleges breach of contract and asks for repayment of Heath’s wages of more than $170,000 as well as damages in excess of $1 million.

Neither Heath nor Russell could be reached. It was not clear whether the women had attorneys.

With Laura Blasey

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