No jail for for fake 'nurse' who bilked seniors 0
Joanne Talbot-Brisson leaves the Ottawa Courthouse Friday, May 28, 2010. (Darren Brown/QMI Agency file photo)
OTTAWA - A 46-year-old woman who posed as a registered nurse and bilked vulnerable seniors and the Ottawa retirement home where she worked won’t spend a day in jail.
Judge Robert Fournier said the extent of Joanne Talbot-Brisson’s decade-long fraud will likely never be known and called it a serious breach of trust against the seniors in her care and employer, Cumberland Lodge. She also endangered elderly patients by performing medical procedures.
An investigation showed more than $200,000 missing from the lodge but only about $60,000 could be proven. She also stole more than $12,000 intended to pay a blind man’s drug bills and took $105,000 to “invest” for an elderly resident who has been left penniless.
But Fournier concluded her mental state, including depression and suicide attempts, played a role in her crimes and that she’s unlikely to steal again after being publicly humiliated.
The conditions of Talbot-Brisson’s conditional sentence are still being debated in court.