Demand Jail Time for Man and Accomplice who Faked Medical License

Target: Governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley

Goal: Demand appropriate jail time for man who pretended to be doctor as well as his doctor friend

Recently, Ernest Addo of Columbia, South Carolina, was arrested for posing as a doctor. Addo used his doctor friend’s identification and paperwork in order to start working as a physician. In a year’s time, he saw and treated about 500 patients without their awareness that he wasn’t a real doctor. None of the staff at the hospital Addo worked at suspected him, except for one nurse who thought it was strange that Addo consulted for a diagnosis. It is completely unethical and dangerous for someone without a medical license to pose as a doctor, and Addo deserves jail time for this awful crime.

While Addo’s crime is unarguably horrible, he should not be the only one sentenced. His friend, Arthur Kennedy, is a real doctor and lent Addo his identification and paperwork. His hope was that, after he returned from a year abroad in Ghana, he and Addo could open a practice together. Not only did he plan to practice medicine with a man who does not have a medical license, but he also provided Addo with the paperwork that allowed him to treat patients under false pretenses for a year. This was extremely dangerous and unethical on both Addo and Kennedy’s part. Demand sufficient jail time for both men for putting innocent people’s lives in danger.


Dear Governor Nikki Haley,

Recently, a man was arrested in Columbia, South Carolina for falsifying a medical license. Ernest Addo used a friend’s ID and paperwork to work as a doctor and treat up to 500 patients, all without a medical license. Nobody, except for one nurse, suspected Addo the entire year he worked as a doctor. The nurse reported that it was strange that Addo once consulted during a medical diagnosis. If he had treated someone for the wrong condition, or failed to treat someone who needed medical attention, he could have put innocent lives in danger. Addo deserves sufficient jail time for putting his patients at risk.

Addo is not the only guilty one in this case, however. His doctor friend, Arthur Kennedy, willingly gave Addo the identification and paperwork needed to work as a doctor. Kennedy’s hope was that, after his year abroad in Ghana, he would be able to return and start a medical practice with Addo. Obviously, he knew it was wrong to fake information in order to get his friend a job as a doctor, yet he did it anyway and put many people’s lives in danger. You must assure that both Kennedy and Addo receive accurate jail time for this awful crime.


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