SPRINGFIELD — The crimes Abigail L. Martin has been accused of do not have limitations to three counties in Illinois or in North and South Carolina. It appears, according to a Facebook post last week, that many more victims are stepping up.
Samantha Woolard of Delavan would publish a post on Thursday morning, Oct. 1. It has since gained traction, being shared 450 times as of press time.
“My experience with Martin was an ‘awful pleasure'”
Woolard would describe her experiences with Martin when they both worked at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. She would describe that Martin was claiming to be a registered nurse with her BSN as a trauma nurse.
Woolard would describe her experiences knowing her was an “awful pleasure.” Clarifying further, Woolard would add that Martin was able to gain access to her debit card, spending over $400. She would find this out when trying to purchase formula and food for her child.
Additionally, Woolard would also mention that Martin made deposits of fraudulent checks to her brother-in-law’s bank account. The outcome: an $800 overdraft because she was constantly spending money.
Additional claims made by Martin was receiving $53 million. It’s not currently known if the claim was from a lawsuit settlement or inheritance. It may even be possible that this claim has no traction.
“She has almost ruined a lot of crap for us,” Woolard continues in her post. “I have plenty of evidence to support this.”
Statement proves a track record of Martin’s fraudulent history in nursing
Woolard’s following statement would also appear to be correct. Martin’s May 1 arrest in Hillsboro for practicing nursing without a license is a clear sign of such infractions.
A quick search with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation is also very clear. In their database, there is no Abigail L. Martin or Abigail Lindsay Martin. Moreover, Martin has been impersonating a Chicagoland-area RN who has the same name. The only exception: the nurse’s middle name is Grace.
Woolard would also make an attempt to reach out to the nurse to confirm this information. Moreover, both parties have been in communication with law enforcement.
Additional stories shared
Haley Hatfield of Litchfield was a former employee of Hillsboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. She describes her experience working with Martin on her final day on the job.
Licensed members in the nursing field should take notice, according to this next post:
Sadly, identity theft is still common in 2020…
However, there are many, many more posts with uglier commentary.
Could we see additional charges?
As more victims are emerging, it could very well be possible. Currently, Montgomery County is the only county with active charges relating to identity theft and practicing nursing without a license. Additionally, any more charges would be at the discretion of State’s Attorney Bryant Hitchings.
Martin’s case, 2020CF102, will reconvene in Hillsboro on November 13 at 11 a.m.
Similar actions would need to be brought forth by Sangamon County State’s Attorney Dan Wright. Her current case is for forgery in relation to bad checks being written for water payments.
Her previous hearing was September 21. She will appear again in court on November 16 at 1:30 p.m.
Unless there were actions done in any hospitals in Morgan County, there is a likeliness that there’s very little State’s Attorney Gray Noll can do. Her current case appearance for forgery charges is Wednesday, Oct. 7.
However, don’t count out the potential of a civil lawsuit. This would be regardless of whether it was brought forth by Martin’s victims or by Attorney General Kwame Raoul himself.
Further requests for information on active warrants
In prior reports, we have brought up active warrants in North and South Carolina. Despite our best attempts, we have not been able to receive any further information as of press time. No response has come forth from law enforcement authorities in North Carolina. Similarly, this is also the same issue with law enforcement in South Carolina.
As a result, we will continue to get the additional information and report on it as information becomes available.
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