Sophia Clarke

Nassau County DA's Office

Long Island Woman Accused Of Teaching College Classes Without Nursing License

August 09, 2018 - 1:54 pm

MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A Long Island nurse is accused of teaching at two colleges even though her license was revoked.

Sophia Clarke's nursing license was revoked in 2012 after being convicted of filing false paperwork to the government, but the Nassau County district attorney says that did not stop her from forging a license so that she could teach at both Adelphi University and Borough of Manhattan Community College. 

She was even scheduled to teach a class in the upcoming fall semester at BMCC that would have involved practicing on actual patients, the DA's office said.

"People who have nursing licenses know that it expires every four years and that they have to obtain renewals of that license," prosecutor Diane Peress said. "In the case of Adelphi, they asked her for an update of her license and she went to the trouble of submitting to them a forged license."

The 48-year-old Clarke was making $50,000, the prosecutor said.

"It's taken seriuosly because universities that are training nurses and giving the nursing degress need their accredidation, the students need accredited professors to teach them nursing," Peress said. "It's not fair to the institution when somebody lies to the institution, it's not fair to the students."

The students did receive credit for the classes Clarke taught, Hall reported.

She has been fired from Adelphi University.

"Adelphi University became aware in late March that an adjunct nursing faculty member had presented credentials that were subsequently revoked without notice to the University. The faculty member was immediately terminated," the university said in a statement to WCBS 880. "The University reported the situation to the appropriate state licensing organization."

The Borough of Manhattan Community College put her on administrative leave. 

Clarke is charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of a forged instrument and scheme to defraud. She faces up to seven years behind bars if convicted.