CLOVIS N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico woman who owned a health care clinic is in some serious trouble for pretending she had a little more medical training than she actually did.
Her former patients say they are shocked. Annette Ternes, 56, was arrested last week for writing dozens prescriptions she was never authorized to write.
She was using the qualifications of a nurse practitioner out of Albuquerque.
“He was interested in a job down here, ended up not taking the job but he found out later through an insurance company that his DEA number and authorization to use prescriptions were being used her in Clovis,New Mexico,” said Keith Bessette, senior investigator for the District Attorney’s Office.
The woman who interviewed the man for the job was Ternes.
She was the owner of the now-closed Quick Care Clinic, where investigators say she posed as a licensed nurse practitioner, which she was not. She was a registered nurse.
She’s now charged with 224 felony counts for forgery, theft of identification and practicing medicine without a license.
Yana and Jeremy Perales had been using the clinic for a while and say they never suspected anything out of the ordinary.
“She was a real nice lady, I mean she was really nice,” said Jeremy.
Now they’re going to be a little more careful about finding a new health care provider.
“I don’t know if I can trust another doctor,” said Yana.
Ternes bonded out of jail on Friday with $10,000 in cash.