MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 5 -- A woman who allegedly sold flu shots, then fled when her credentials were questioned, was giving people the real vaccine and was trying to raise money for her daughter's school fundraiser, her ex-husband said.
Michelle Lynn Torgerson, 33, was arrested Friday on suspicion of theft and drug possession, said police Capt. Rich Stanek. She remained jailed Sunday.
Police and school officials said faculty and students at Augsburg College in Minneapolis paid Michelle Torgerson $20 each for the flu shots. Chad Torgerson told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that his ex-wife used the proceeds for an American Heart Association fundraising drive at their 9-year-old daughter's school.
College officials said a woman set up a booth Tuesday through Thursday, administering what she said were flu shots and claiming to be with the heart association. But she left when the college's officials asked her for more information, which raised concerns about whether she had actually given flu vaccine. The heart association said the woman was not affiliated with the organization.
Chad Torgerson said the shots were real flu vaccine. "Whether she took all the right and proper steps -- that's where she might have done something wrong," he said.
Stanek declined to comment on Chad Torgerson's account. He said Michelle Torgerson is a licensed nurse practitioner at a Twin Cities health care provider that he would not identify.
Michelle Torgerson's attorney, Robert Hajek, declined to comment.