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Around 100 show up at midwife’s arraignment in Penn Yan; out on bail after community helps pay

Police say a Penn Yan woman, who was charged in November with posing as a midwife for years despite not having the qualifications to do so is now facing new felony charges.

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Elizabeth Catlin, 53, of Penn Yan is accused of providing midwifery services under the names of Prenatal Place and Penn Yan Prenatal at a rented house on Bath Road in Milo.

On Friday, she was charged with four more felonies. Those new charges included, second-degree identity theft, first-degree falsifying business records, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, and unlawful practice of a profession for performing midwifery without a license.

Authorities say state law has specific requirements for obtaining a professional license.

Troopers report that Catlin continued posing as a midwife despite being charged in November with unlawful practice of a profession in Ontario County. They say she primarily exploited women within the Mennonite community in the Penn Yan area.

Catlin used the name, address, phone number, and primary staff member name of a Penn Yan doctor’s office to set up a fraudulent account with a Rochester medical lab. They say she even obtained blood samples from her clients and sent them to the lab using forged requisition forms.



Catlin was paid by clients who did not know they were being defrauded, according to police.

A crowd of about 100 turned out Saturday morning to support Catlin when she appeared for arraignment at the Yates County Public Safety Building. She was released on $15,000 bail – half which was raised by the crowd outside the courtroom.

To read more about the arraignment process, check out coverage from the Chronicle-Express

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