Preliminary hearing set for alleged test 'stand-in'

Preliminary hearing set for alleged test 'stand-in'

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SALT LAKE CITY -- An unusual case goes to a Utah courtroom Tuesday, involving a woman accused of standing in for another woman on a medical certification tests.

Court documents say 43-year-old Blanca Rumbo offered to take a Certified Nursing Assistant exam for a woman last spring while the two conversed at a local uniform shop. The woman, Raquel Hernandez, agreed.

Charging documents say Hernandez told investigators she needed a job and paid Rumbo $1,700 to take the test for her.

But a worker at the State Nursing Assistant Registry noticed a problem with the ID that was presented when Rumbo took that test. That led to an investigation by the State Medicare Fraud Unit and an admission by Hernandez, who was working for a local care center at the time.

Hernandez is now testifying in a preliminary hearing scheduled to begin Tuesday at the Matheson Courthouse.

Rumbo is charged with communications fraud, a third-degree felony. She also faces charges in two other cases, including a charge that she used a bogus Social Security number to obtain a job at a Millcreek area nursing home.

Rumbo was extradited from California. Prosecutors say she is not a legal resident of the United States.


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