October 20, 2014

Man sentenced for posing as doctor and treating patients

A Georgia man accused of stealing a Orangeburg doctor’s identity and treating hundreds of patients has been sentenced to two years in federal prison.

The Associated Press reports a judge sentenced Ernest Addo of Austell, Ga., last week. Addo pleaded guilty back in March to using someone else’s identity to commit health care fraud. Prosecutors said he stole the identity of a friend who was a doctor, then made visits to several senior care clinics in the Midlands.

Prosecutors say Addo saw patients at five different Agape facilities in Lexington and Richland counties from February to August 2012. Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies said Addo performed regular exams on patients at the clinic and even wrote some prescriptions, including some for himself.

The sheriff’s department began investigating Addo after the Orangeburg doctor claimed Addo had stolen his identity.  The victim told investigators Addo unlawfully practiced medicine in his name and unlawfully obtained and used credit cards that were issued in the man’s name.

Addo is not accused harming any patients.