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Dr. Who? Fake physician performs physicals at Philadelphia high schools

A woman used phony credentials to provide paid medical examinations

A woman with bogus medical credentials allegedly performed physicals at Philadelphia high schools last year, according to a Fox News report.

The woman allegedly provided medical evaluations on a yet-unspecified number of high school student athletes at multiple schools, at a cost of $20 per examination. Two local Philadelphia news stations reported that the woman was using a fake medical license number, and her name did not appear in any statewide medical databases, but it’s unclear how the phony credentials were initially discovered. Students who were examined by the pseudo-physician will be entitled to free exams through the state.

A mother of one of the students examined by the phony doctor told Fox 29 she was “outraged.”

“How does something like that happen with all the red tape and everything to get approved?” the mother, who did not want to be identified, said.

And for now, there are more questions than answers.

School district spokesman Lee Whack said the incident is under investigation and told Fox 29 that the district has “set in place protocols and procedures to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

A Fox 29 investigation found that the woman posing as a doctor has a criminal history, and served time for a felony count of receiving stolen property.

 

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