Georgia man accused of impersonating doctor charged in another jurisdiction

Ernest Addo (Source: Lexington County Detention Center)
Ernest Addo (Source: Lexington County Detention Center)

GREENWOOD, SC (WYFF/WIS) - A Georgia man charged with treating patients without medical credentials in Lexington County has been accused of a similar crime in Greenwood.

Greenwood Police say 48-year-old Ernest Addo of Austell, GA is charged with unlawfully practicing medicine without a license.

Addo was recently arrested by the Lexington County Sheriff's Office for committing similar crimes, and during the course of that investigation it was determined that Addo had seen patients in Greenwood without a license.

Greenwood police said Addo unlawfully treated in more than 70 patients at Magnolia Manor and Greenwood Family Practice during a five-day span in July.

A spokesperson released a statement on behalf the owner Dr. Jed Graham of Greenwood Family Practice saying:

"Dr. Graham is cooperating with state and federal authorities in the investigation against Ernest Addo. Mr. Addo was presented to Greenwood Family Practice by a staffing agency to temporarily perform medical services for four days from July 5, 2011 through July 8, 2011. The staffing agency presented credentials of Dr. Arthur Kennedy to Greenwood Family Practice when they recommended Mr. Addo to the practice, representing that Mr. Addo was Dr. Kennedy. Dr. Graham has individually reviewed the patient records of each visit conducted by Mr. Addo posing as Dr. Kennedy, and a letter has been sent to all of these patients. If any patients have questions or concerns, they should call Greenwood Family Practice. "

An administrator with Magnolia Manor Nursing home released this statement:

"We have just learned that Ernest Addo, the man alleged to have been impersonating a doctor and recently arrested was hired to cover for a physician who cared for some of our residents in July 2011. it is our understanding that Mr. Addo was placed by a reputable staffing agency company to temporarily cover while the regular physician was on vacation. While state and federal guidelines prohibit us from providing information about our residents, we believe that the residents and or their family have been notified by the regular physician for whom Addo covered during this time period. We do take health, safety and wellbeing or our residents very seriously and we will cooperate with the authorities to ensure Mr. Addo is investigated and prosecuted."

Addo was arrested at his home two weeks ago and has been held in the Cobb County Detention Center since then.  Tuesday he was booked into the Lexington County Detention Center.

Addo was charged two weeks ago with practicing medicine without a license and obtaining items under false pretenses.  When he returned to Lexington County Tuesday, Lexington County Sheriff's deputies charged him with three more counts of practicing medicine without a license and financial identity fraud.

Investigators say Addo stole the identity of an Orangeburg County doctor and used his license to get a job with Agape Senior Primary Care.  Addo is accused of administering to as many as 500 patients at five Agape facilities throughout Lexington and Richland Counties.

Addo was employed with Agape Senior Primary Care between February and August 2012.

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