2:28 am - Saturday June 23, 2018

SHOCKING END OF IMPERSONATION IN AMERICAN HOSPITAL: NIGERIAN FAKE Doctor, OLUFEMI CHARLES IGBERASE Practiced Medicine for 8 yrs, Delivered Babies at Prince George’s Hospital Center *Creates Non-Existent American Physician’s Identity, Charles Akoda, performed over 100 Medical Treatment *Arrived on a Non-immigrant Visa with FOUR different Social Security Numbers, Three different names, Indicted for False Passport, Immigration Documents *Deceived Hospital Administrators and Patients as he practiced as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist * Parades Fraudulent Medical License Number D73049, Creates Non-existent Medical Degrees and Documentations, Altered Medical Transcripts * ‘I am Sorry, I Am Guilty of misusing a Social Security number to obtain a medical license’-IGBERASE * “We employed a man who is said to be Dr. Charles J. Akoda. We hereby acknowledged that this man used a complex and sophisticated identity theft scheme”-Prince George’s Hospital Center BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

SHOCKING END OF IMPERSONATION IN AMERICAN HOSPITAL:
NIGERIAN FAKE Doctor, OLUFEMI CHARLES IGBERASE Practiced Medicine for 8 yrs, Delivered Babies at Prince George’s Hospital Center

*Creates Non-Existent American Physician’s Identity, Charles Akoda, performed over 100 Medical Treatment
*Arrived on a Non-immigrant Visa with FOUR different Social Security Numbers, Three different names, Indicted for False Passport, Immigration Documents
*Deceived Hospital Administrators and Patients as he practiced as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist
* Parades Fraudulent Medical License Number D73049, Creates Non-existent Medical Degrees and Documentations, Altered Medical Transcripts
* ‘I am Sorry, I Am Guilty of misusing a Social Security number to obtain a medical license’-IGBERASE
* “We employed a man who is said to be Dr. Charles J. Akoda. We hereby acknowledged that this man used a complex and sophisticated identity theft scheme”-Prince George’s Hospital Center

BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

HE HAS BROUGHT SHAME AND DISGRACE TO NIGERIA. HIS NAMES ARE OLUFEMI CHARLES IGBERASE, a conman on a non-immigrant visa from Nigeria in 1999 has brought opprobrium to his family and Nigeria’s image by deliberately creating fake medical transcripts, false passport, untrue social security number and altered immigration documents purposely to impersonate a non-existent medical physician in the name of ‘Charles Akoda,’ under the title of ‘Obstetrician (OB)/Gynecologist (GYN).’

This Nigerian’s base of medical practice was Prince George’s Hospital Center, Maryland. Naija Standard gathered that at least 100 women have come forward, claimed to be patients of Dr. Charles Akoda at Prince George’s Hospital Center in Maryland. The problem is that Dr. Charles Akoda is not a real person; he’s an identity thief who managed to fool both hospital administrators and patients for eight years, as he practiced as an OB/GYN. Over the course of his time there, “Akoda” delivered babies for a number of women.

We reportedly confirm that 10 women have filed a class-action lawsuit “claiming Akoda allegedly falsified the majority, if not all of his medical degrees, documentations and identity, as he practiced medicine as a gynecologist at hospital for a total of eight years from 2008 to 2016 – as both a resident and then as a doctor.” The suit claims the women’s patient rights were violated because of the deception.

Prince George’s Hospital Center claims to have performed a “diligent and thorough background check” on “Akoda” before he was hired. They are defending themselves against any wrongdoing.

To absolve itself, Prince George’s County investigated whether Akoda was practicing without a license, back in 2014. In 2016, they realized he was indicted for using a fraudulent Social Security number. During the course of the investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s office discovered “a false passport, a false social security number, altered immigration documents, altered diploma, altered medical transcripts, altered letters of recommendation.”

On November 16, 2016, Akoda pleads guilty to misusing a Social Security number to obtain a medical license. The US Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland issued a release saying Igberase, who had entered the country in 1991 on a non-immigrant visa, had four different SSN and three different names, and that he used this information to obtain certificates from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). The ECFMG revoked two of the certificates upon learning that the information was fraudulent, but did not revoke the third. Using this third certificate, in 1998, he entered a residency program in New Jersey. He was dismissed two years later, in 2000, when officials discovered that his SSN was a fake.

Fast forward eleven years. According to the US Attorney’s Office: “In 2011, Igberase also used the third social security number to fraudulently apply for federal education loans for his children. That same year, using a fourth fraudulent social security number that belonged to another individual, and other fraudulent documents in the name Charles John Nosa Akoda, Igberase obtained a medical license in Maryland, after completing a U.S. residency program. He went on to practice obstetrics and gynecology and obtained medical privileges at a hospital in Prince George’s County.”

In short “Dr. Akoda” is a licensed doctor; he’s just not a real person. He did go through medical training and obtain a medical license, but he did so by stealing multiple identities. The strength of these identities allowed him to fool Prince George’s Hospital Center and two residency programs, plus at least 100 women.

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