Nurse impersonator sentenced in federal court

INDIANAPOLIS – A Columbus woman who used identity┬ádeception to pose as a registered nurse has been sentenced in federal court in Indianapolis.

Holly Marie Whyde, 45, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in a federal institution, as well as an additional two years in a supervised release program, according to court documents.

Under federal law, the former Osage Court resident could have been ordered to serve up to seven years in prison, but U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson agreed to a less severe sentence as part of a plea agreement during Thursday’s sentencing hearing, court records state.

But the judge is also strongly recommending that Whyde, who resided in Greenwood and Franklin before coming to Columbus, be provided mental health treatment. Terms of her probation include both continued psychiatric care and taking all prescribed medications, the court order stated.

Whyde is believed to have worked at assisted living facilities and home care-giving businesses in south central Indiana, according to Columbus Police Department spokesman Lt. Matt Harris.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s Republic.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.