A Ghanaian man living in Austell, Ga., stole the identity of his physician friend, opening credit cards in his name. He took the identity theft one step further by assuming the identity of the doctor and seeing hundreds of patients in South Carolina.
Ernest Osei Addo, 48, has been arrested and charged with unlawful practice of medicine. He allegedly stole the identity of his friend Dr. Arthur Kennedy. The State reported Addo, who came highly recommended, was hired by Agape Primary Care in Feb. 2012 and allegedly provided medical care to as many as 500 patients. Authorities have found no evidence that Addo is licensed to practice medicine in the U.S. though he appeared to have some medical training in Ghana.
AJC reported Agape released a statement saying: "Agape is shocked that someone would perpetuate such a fraud upon it and its patients. Agape has taken immediate steps to protect its patients and ensure all care was appropriate."
Some of the patients seen by Addo have since died and their medical records are being checked.
Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said Addo's motive appeared to be greed. Naharnet reported Metts said "He seems to be a professional con guy." Addo has two bankruptcies to his name and with a number of other fake ID's in his possession, may have faked his way through other careers for financial gain.