Chicago con man impersonates psychiatrist, writes dozens of patients prescriptions

A Chicago man has been charged in federal court for impersonating a psychiatrist and making dozens of fraudulent medication prescriptions, according to a Friday Department of Justice memo.

"[Scott] Redman, [36,] formerly of Hammond, Ind., was arrested Wednesday," according to the DOJ memo. "The complaint charges him with intentionally using a fictitious registration number in the name of another person to distribute and dispense a controlled substance. The charge is punishable by up to four years in prison."

Mr. Redman is charged with using the identity of a physician to see patients at a clinic on Chicago's Near North Side. From Dec. 10, 2015 to Jan. 30, 2016, Mr. Redman wrote 71 prescriptions to 44 patients, including a 9-year-old. He maintained office hours at the clinic during the seven-week period and posted a fake profile to the clinic's website, which included a picture along with fake educational and biographical information, according to a criminal complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in Chicago.

Mr. Redman's detention hearing is scheduled for Feb. 16. 

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