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Fake Doctor Treated More than 100 Patients

Monday, August 31, 2015

bail bondWe’re sure everyone in the Staten Island area is sleeping a little easier now that a man who pretended to be a clinical psychologist for THREE YEARS has finally been nabbed.

Donald Lee-Edwards allegedly ran a practice out of his home and treated over 100 patients, took blood and urine samples, interpreted lab results and prescribed anti-depressants. All while having no qualifications to do so!

Amazingly, he convinced all of his patients that he was a renowned and successful psychologist, who many ended up trusting. At the end of the day, however, he never completed any medical school or program and merely bestowed upon himself the professional titles of clinical psychologist and medical doctor. 

While he posed a grave and significant threat to the public, patients believed he was legit and never questioned his practice. Until they started getting concerned about his unusual bedside manner and they realized their prescriptions were called in under another doctor’s name. Which the pharmacy never questioned, as well!

And there was no need to worry about an insurance company catching on, because he never took insurance, only a cash copay from all of his appointments. 

As for Lee-Edward’s bedside manner, patients grew concerned by sitting with them on a sofa and asking highly personal questions. He would also give and accept rides back and forth from the Staten Island Ferry and would cook meals for his patients during their appointments, as well. Awkward!

Lee-Edwards now faces a litany of charges, including criminal sale of controlled substances, identity theft, criminal impersonation and more. He could face up to five and a half years in prison. He may need to find his own psychologist before all of this is said and done!

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Original article and image credit: Prosecutors: Staten Island Man Pretended to Be a Doctor for 3 Years, Treated More than 100 Patients