When it comes to the medical sector, the concern with ID theft is usually the theft of services or the corruption of someone’s medical records in ways that might harm them at some point.
But what if the ID theft resulted in someone posing as a doctor and then treating you? Lynh Bui reports that a man posing as “Dr. Akoda,” an obstetrician-gynecologist at Prince George’s Hospital Center, was actually Oluwafemi Charles Igberase, who used a fake Social Security number to obtain his medical license in Maryland.
This case is understandably terribly upsetting to the patients who were seen by or treated by the “doctor.” And there are a lot of them. And there’s a long history of ID theft here….. hospitals all need to look at how their credentials check may have failed to detect the fraud this man was perpetrating in a number of states and at a number of entities.
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