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Doctors must meet all legal requirements before treating patients or promoting themselves as a medical professional. One Virginia man allegedly committed fraud when he used physicians' personal information when applying for jobs with medical staffing companies. The man claimed to be a doctor licensed to practice medicine in Virginia. As a result, these staffing companies were fraudulently induced to hire him as an independent contractor.

The man allegedly created false diplomas and certificates to support his claim. He apparently accessed the physicians' information by calling the Drug Enforcement Administration and other oversight entities, all while posing as them. He also asked these entities to alter the licensing records to show that they were associated with him.

After being hired as an independent contractor, the man saw nearly 24 patients at one clinic while his status was reviewed. Finally, he was terminated when the company could not verify his credentials.

The man is now facing multiple criminal charges, including wire fraud, mail fraud, and aggravated identity theft. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison, with a mandatory consecutive term of two years in jail. Fraud charges may seem less serious than more violent crimes, but, often, they can be just as devastating to victims. People charged with crimes relating to fraud can face years in prison, among other penalties. If you are facing fraud charges, you may benefit from contacting a criminal defense attorney.

Source: WTKR, "Virginia man arrested on fraud charges for posing as doctor," Danielle Hooks, Dec. 20, 2017

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