Man Steals Doctor’s ID and Saw 500 Patients Pretending To Be An MD for a Year
Posted Sep 03 2012 2:11am
The man has no medical license and had all the paperwork needed show that he was a doctor. The real doctor was out of the country for a year and what nice surprise to find when he came back and it was a friend of his doing the impersonating. One nurse was a bit suspicious when he used ask.com to locate treatment plans. Now they are going through medical records to see if any harm came from the patients he saw. He did it for the money and investigators found other fake IDs and information at his home. He wrote prescriptions and some for himself while he was at it. Remember back in 2010, there was even a pilot who had the AMA fooled. BD
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A man stole a physician’s identity and pretended to be a doctor for a year in South Carolina, and now investigators are combing through medical records to see whether he harmed any of the hundreds of patients he treated, authorities said.
Ernest Addo of Austell, Ga., is charged with unlawful practice of medicine and obtaining goods under false pretense, authorities said.
Addo doesn’t have a medical license in the U.S. But he assumed a doctor friend’s identity, getting a driver’s license and presenting the massive amount of paperwork needed to prove he was a doctor. The documents were given to him by the friend in hopes they could open a medical clinic together when the real doctor returned from a yearlong trip to Ghana, Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said.