Man who stole SC doctor's identity, treated patients sentenced to 2 years in federal prison


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COLUMBIA, South Carolina — A man accused of stealing a South Carolina physician's identity and treating hundreds of patients has been sentenced to federal prison.

A judge last week sentenced Ernest Osei Addo to two years in prison.

In March, Addo pleaded guilty to using someone else's identity to commit health care fraud. Authorities said he stole the identity of a friend who was a doctor and worked for several medical clinics before his scheme was uncovered.

For about six months, Addo saw patients at several Agape facilities in the Columbia area, performing the sort of exams someone might get during a visit to a family doctor. Authorities have also said he wrote some prescriptions, including some for himself.

Addo faces no charges of physically harming any patients.

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