Ernest Osei Addo (Image: Lexington County Detention Center)
Lexington County, SC (WLTX) - A suspect Lexington County deputies say used another man's identity to work as a doctor at medical facilities in the Midlands is now back in our area to face charges.
Lexington County deputies transported 48-year-old Ernest Osei Addo to the Lexington County Detention Center Tuesday afternoon. He'd previously been held at a jail in suburban Atlanta, where he was arrested last month. His home address is in Austell, Georgia.
After he was returned, deputies brought additional charges against Addo, including three counts of practicing medicine without a license and one count of identity fraud. Addo had previously been charged with one count of practicing medicine without a medical license and one count of obtaining items worth more than $10,000 under false pretenses.
Deputies say between February 15 and August 22 of this year, Addo practiced medicine at five different senior care facilities in Richland and Lexington Counties. In all, officers think he may have treated approximately 500 patients.
He was able to practice medicine, deputies say, because he used the identity of a general practitioner who lives in Orangeburg. That doctor was friends with Addo, but according to investigators, didn't know Addo was using his name to gain employment.
Deputies say Addo took the doctor's Social Security number and driver's license, then used those IDs to gain employment at Aape Senior Primary Care.
Addo quit working at Agape on August 22.
Deputies say they have learned that Addo earned a doctor of medicine degree from Central America Health Sciences University in Belize back in 2003. However, investigators say Addo was not licensed to practice anywhere in the United States.
Deputies say Columbia police and Greenwood police are investigating claims Addo practice medicine without a license in their jurisdictions.
Addo is set to have a bond hearing Wednesday afternoon.