Joint Unlicensed Activity Investigation Leads to Arrest in Sarasota

SARASOTA, Fla. – March 9, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Kristina Marie Balen, 30, of 60th Street Circle East, Sarasota, has been arrested and charged with felony unlicensed practice of health care professional and felony criminal use of personal identification information. The Sarasota Police Department worked in conjunction with Florida Department of Health’s (DOH) St. Petersburg Unlicensed Activity (ULA) Unit.

Balen’s charge of unlicensed practice of a healthcare profession (Nursing) is a third degree felony and punishable by a fine of $1,000 and a minimum mandatory period of incarceration of 1 year. Balen was also charged with the criminal use of personal identification information which is a third degree felony.

In late February, the management for Sarasota Arthritis discovered medication worth $1800 had been stolen. During the investigation, it was discovered Balen, who was employed as a Registered Nurse (RN) did not have a valid RN License through the DOH.

During Balen’s employment with Sarasota Arthritis, her job duties included rooming patients, gathering internal medical information and computer entry. Balen also administered arthritis medications, flu vaccines and submitted prescriptions electronically.

Balen was arrested on Friday, March 6, 2015 and was booked into the Sarasota County Jail. Balen has since bonded out.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call Detective Kim Laster at 941-364-7327 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

Kristina Marie Balen, 30, of 60th Street Circle East, Sarasota, has been arrested and charged with felony unlicensed practice of health care professional and felony criminal use of personal identification information

Kristina Marie Balen, 30, of 60th Street Circle East, Sarasota, has been arrested and charged with felony unlicensed practice of health care professional and felony criminal use of personal identification information