SHELBYVILLE, TENN. — A nurse at Tyson Foods Inc.’s Shelbyville, Tenn., plant was accused of practicing with a fake medical license, the Shelbyville police department reported.
Bobbie Gail Blair was arrested on Feb. 24 and charged with 10 counts of impersonation of a medical professional and two counts of identity theft. She is currently out on a bond of $10,000.
The Shelbyville police began their investigation into Blair’s credentials after they received an anonymous tip.
Detective Nathan Everhart found that Blair graduated from the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in 2007. However, the Tennessee Board of Nursing indicated that Blair took the National Council Licensure Exam twice and failed both times.
Blair used a fake license and worked at the in-house clinic at Tyson Foods for 15 years. She has treated over 12,000 patients. Other Tyson nurses confirmed that Blair would perform LPN services such as vaccinations, puncture treatments, eye tests, hearing tests and burn treatments.
“She’s been involved in anything you would expect a licensed nurse would be doing,” Everhart said. “She not only did not have a license but actually was using forged documents that belong to a license of other nurses.”
The investigation did not reveal how the documents were forged.
Everhart noted that Blair is the wife of Tyson’s plant manager, Andrew Blair, but he does not believe her husband was aware of the malpractice.
Everhart said Tyson has “been nothing but cooperative with law enforcement and forthcoming.” Tyson’s attorney drove from Arkansas to Tennessee to sit in on the investigation, Everhart noted.
“We take this issue very seriously,” said a Tyson spokesperson. “While we don't comment on active criminal matters, as soon as law enforcement reached out, we fully cooperated.”