GREENWOOD, SC – A man accused of treating over 500 patients throughout South Carolina and Georgia will have over 70 more patients from the Greenwood area added to the list of those he allegedly treated after assuming a fake identity, according to the Greenwood City Police Department.
Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said members of a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force arrested Ernest Osei Addo, 48, at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 24th at Addo’s home at 1729 Brandemere Drive, Austell, Ga.
Addo presented copies of documents to Agape Senior, claiming to be an Orangeburg man who is licensed to practice medicine in South Carolina, Metts said. After he presented the documents, Agape Senior hired Addo, who began unlawfully practicing medicine at Agape Senior facilities. Addo quit his employment with Agape Senior on Wednesday, August 22.
Agape Senior is cooperating fully with Sheriff’s Department detectives as they conduct an on-going investigation of Addo, Metts said. Addo is a personal friend of the Orangeburg man whose documents he presented to Agape Senior.
The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department began investigating Addo last week after the Orangeburg man reported that he was the victim of identity theft and identified Addo as the man who had assumed his identity, unlawfully practicing medicine in the man’s name and unlawfully obtaining and using credit cards that were issued in the man’s name, Metts said.
Now Addo faces charges in Greenwood for treating more than 70 patients in this area. According to Captain Nick Futch of the Greenwood City Police Department, Addo saw patients at Greenwood Family Practice and Magnolia Manor. Futch said he believes that Addo was seeing patients at both locations on a temporary basis.
Agape Primary Care released a statement last week saying that they were reviewing the medical records of the patients he treated to see if there were any irregularities. They also said that Addo never had sole clinical oversight of any patients.
Greenwood Family Practice refused to comment citing patient confidentiality. Their attorney, Sandra Miller, did not return phone calls on Thursday afternoon.
Edith Goforth, administrator for Magnolia Manor, was out of the office and could not be reached for comment.
Addo is charged with unlawfully practicing medicine, obtaining property under false pretenses ($10,000 or more), financial identity fraud, four counts of practicing medicine without a license and distributing a controlled substance with the intent to commit a crime in Lexington County. He is charged with unlawfully practicing medicine in Greenwood County. He is also being investigated by the City of Columbia Police Department.
Addo was extradited from Cobb County, GA, to Lexington County. He was denied bond and is scheduled for a first appearance in court on November 15th at 9:00 a.m. at the Lexington County Courthouse.