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Man Arrested for Impersonating Physician, Treating 500 Patients


A Georgia-area man was arrested Friday, August 24, 2012, for stealing a man’s identity and  practicing as a physician for six months.

Police say that Ernest Addo was arrested for practicing medicine without a  license. Allegedly, Addo was hired by Agape Senior, a company based in West  Columbia, South Carolina that owns and operates 23 assisted living, nursing  care, rehabilitation, and hospice care facilities in the state of South  Carolina. Addo started his position in February, working in five facilities.  Agape believes that he treated as many as 500 seniors.

Last week, Addo abruptly quit his position with Agape. That same day, an  Orangeburg, South Carolina man reported to police that his identity had been  stolen. He fingered Addo as the perpetrator of the crime, saying that he had  been using his name to practice medicine and his credit cards. The Orangeburg  man said that Addo was a personal friend of his. The police found Addo and  arrested him at his home in Aurell, Georgia.

Authorities are currently investigating whether Addo had medical training in  order to convincingly impersonate a physician. There is no indication that Addo  is wanted for crimes elsewhere in the United States. Authorities also have found  that Addo was not licensed to practice medicine in any area in this country.

Janet DiNino, the Chief Clinical Officer at Agape, said in a statement, “As  an integrated health provider committed to the health and well-being of its  patients and its position in the communities it serves, Agape is shocked that  someone would perpetuate such a fraud upon it and its patients. Agape has  taken immediate steps to protect its patient sand ensure all care  was appropriate relative to this matter.”

The sheriff’s department has not released the alias that Addo used.

Source: Medical Daily at



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