Man in NY poses as physician for 3 years before being caught

A man in New York has been arrested and accused of posing as a medical doctor and clinical psychologist for three years, according to a CNN report.

Despite never completing any medical school or doctoral program, Donald Lee-Edwards' letterhead indicates he has earned the titles of PhD, MD, LP and clinical psychologist.

Mr. Lee-Edwards caught the attention of the Richmond County District Attorney's Office in June, after patients complained of his unorthodox bedside manner and prescription practices, according to the report.

An investigation revealed Mr. Lee-Edwards was operating a fraudulent practice out of a basement apartment where he allegedly provided mental health services to more than 100 patients. He also allegedly called in prescriptions for patients under the identity of a licensed physician.

The district attorney's office brought a 12-count indictment against Mr. Lee-Edwards, including charges of criminal impersonation, identity theft, unauthorized practice of medicine and criminal diversion of prescription medications, according to the report.

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