By MEG KINNARD
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A man has pleaded guilty to stealing a South Carolina physician's identity and pretending to be a doctor.
Ernest Addo pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal
charge of using someone else's identity to commit health care fraud.
Addo will be sentenced in June and faces two years in prison.
He was arrested in 2012 in Austell, Ga., and
charged with practicing medicine without a license and illegally
distributing controlled substances. Authorities said he stole the
identity of a friend who was a doctor in Orangeburg, then ultimately
treated hundreds of patients in the Columbia area.
The 51-year-old Addo still faces a number of state
charges and remains jailed. His attorneys declined to comment after
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