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Home  |  News  |  MAN WHO PRACTICED MEDICINE WITHOUT A MEDICAL LICENSE RETURNED TO LEXINGTON COUNTY AND CHARGED WITH ADDITIONAL CRIMES

MAN WHO PRACTICED MEDICINE WITHOUT A MEDICAL LICENSE RETURNED TO LEXINGTON COUNTY AND CHARGED WITH ADDITIONAL CRIMES
Wednesday, September 5, 2012

 
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department fugitive investigators on Tuesday, September 4 returned a 48-year-old Austell, Ga. man to Lexington County, where the man was served with additional arrest warrants in connection with his practice of medicine without a medical license between February 15 and August 22 at five facilities that provide medical care for senior citizens in Lexington and Richland counties.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said fugitive investigators transported Ernest Osei Addo, 48, of 1729 Brandemere Drive, Austell, Ga., to the Lexington County Detention Center from the Cobb County Detention Center in Marietta, Ga. Addo was booked at the Lexington County Detention Center at 4:36 p.m. on Tuesday.

Addo was being held on Tuesday at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing, Metts said. Addo is scheduled to appear in court at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5 for a bond hearing. The bond hearing will be conducted at a courtroom that is adjacent to the front entrance of the county Detention Center at the Lexington County James R. Metts Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington.

Detectives on Tuesday served Addo with additional arrest warrants on three counts of practicing medicine without a medical license and one count of financial identity fraud, Metts said.

Arrest warrants allege that Addo practiced medicine without a medical license between February 15 and August 22 at five facilities operated by Agape Senior Primary Care while Agape Senior Primary Care employed Addo as a physician, Metts said.

Addo provided medical services to as many as 500 patients at the five facilities operated by Agape Senior Primary care, Metts said.

Arrest warrants further allege that Addo practiced medicine under the name of an Orangeburg physician, who is a general practitioner, after submitting false documents to Agape Senior Primary Care that indicated that Addo was the Orangeburg physician, Metts said. The Orangeburg physician is licensed to practice medicine in South Carolina and is a friend of Addo.

In addition, arrest warrants allege that Addo assumed the name of the Orangeburg physician for the purpose of obtaining employment with Agape Senior Primary Care, using the Orangeburg physician’s Social Security number and South Carolina driver’s license, Metts said. Addo quit his employment with Agape Senior Primary Care on August 22.

The Columbia Police Department and Greenwood Police Department are investigating allegations that Addo practiced medicine without a license at medical facilities in the city of Columbia and city of Greenwood, Metts said. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is investigating allegations that Addo improperly prescribed controlled substances to patients for whom Addo provided medical services.

Detectives obtained documentation on Tuesday that Addo attained a doctor of medicine degree from Central America Health Sciences University School of Medicine in Belize on March 21, 2003, Metts said. Addo was not licensed to practice medicine anywhere in the United States.

Detectives previously obtained arrest warrants for Addo on one count of practicing medicine without a medical license and one count of obtaining items worth more than $10,000 under false pretenses, Metts said. The last charge is based on the fact that Addo improperly received wages and other employee benefits as a physician while Addo was employed by Agape Senior Primary Care.

Members of a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force arrested Addo on August 24 at Addo’s home in Austell, Ga., Metts said. Addo later waived extradition to Lexington County.

Agape Senior Primary Care is continuing to cooperate fully with Sheriff’s Department detectives as they conduct an on-going investigation of Addo, Metts said.

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