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Police: Man pretended to be doctor in Greenwood

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GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Police said a man accused of practicing medicine under someone else's name in the Midlands also treated patients illegally in Greenwood.

Greenwood Police Capt. Nick Futch said they have arrest warrants for 48-year-old Ernest Osei Addo of Austell, GA, for unlawfully practicing medicine without a license.

Addo was arrested on Sept. 4 in Lexington County on four counts of unlawfully practicing medicine without a license, financial identity fraud and obtaining signature or property under false pretense.

Futch said between July 5 and July 10, 2011, Addo illegally practiced medicine at two locations in Greenwood, treating at least 70 patients.

Addo allegedly assumed the name of a licensed medical doctor, using the information to gain temporary employment in Greenwood, according to Futch. He said Addo only practiced medicine on a limited basis.

Addo is accused of working under someone else's name at a Greenwood nursing home, Magnolia Manor.

According to Magnolia Manor Administrator Edith Goforth, Addo was placed by a reputable physician staffing company to temporarily cover while the attending physician was on vacation, and he cared for some of their residents in July 2011.

"We believe that the residents and/or their families have been notified by the attending physician for whom Addo covered during that time period," said Goforth in a statement released to FOX Carolina. 

"We take the health, safety and well-being of our residents very seriously and will cooperate with the authorities to ensure that Mr. Addo is thoroughly investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," Goforth said. "In the meantime, we have initiated an internal investigation into the matter."

Addo is accused of practicing illegally at Greenwood Family Practice Inc., where they said he was sent to work there through a staffing agency as well. 

Dr. Jed Graham's attorney released a statement to FOX Carolina that said he is cooperating with state and federal authorities in the investigation against Addo. 

Addo presented himself as Dr. Arthur Kennedy via the staffing agency, according to Graham's office. 

Graham has individually reviewed the patient records of each visit conducted by Addo, and a letter has been sent to all of these patients, according to Graham's attorney. If any patients have questions or concerns, they are asked to call Greenwood Family Practice.

Greenwood Family Practice's attorney said Staff Care, Inc. is the agency that provided Addo as a temporary physician. 

Greenwood is waiting to extradite Addo from Lexington County.

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