Women who were treated by an illegal alien posing as an obstetrician-gynecologist at Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, Maryland are now finding out that they had been scammed.
Known as Dr. Akoda, women in the Washington, D.C. area trusted the impostor to care for them throughout the past five years during some of their most vulnerable moments. He gave them their annual checkups, treated their illnesses and delivered their babies, according to a report in the Washington Post.
When federal authorities announced that Akoda was actually a man named Oluwafemi Charles Igberase who used a fake Social Security number to obtain his medical license in Maryland, the women where stunned.
“I’m shook because of this,” said one of Igberase’s former patients, who said she feels betrayed. “This makes me even scared to go to the hospital. He could have put my son’s life and my life in danger.”
More than 100 patients are now taking part in a class-action lawsuit filed against Prince George’s Hospital Center. They charge that the hospital failed to perform a proper background check on Igberase and allowed the fake doctor to practice medicine at the facility for five years.
Igberase was ousted from the hospital in 2016 after he was indicted on federal fraud charges.
The hospital said Igberase’s conduct failed to meet its expectations regarding “sound moral character”, but that his credentials and experience appeared valid, according to a statement made to The Washington Post. “We are exploring many aspects of this case, researching records, and evaluating processes and procedures upon which we rely to validate information. Several highly reliable agencies validated his credentials including the states in which he held medical licenses.”
Igberase, who came to the U.S. in 1991 on a nonimmigrant visa, pleaded guilty in November 2016 to a federal fraud charge, the report revealed. At the time, he admitted to using four different Social Security numbers under three different names to apply for medical certifications, federal education loans for his children and his license to practice medicine.
Not only had Igberase been found to have forged his medical diploma, medical transcripts and letters of recommendation, but authorities also discovered that he had a false passport, visa, birth certificate and immigration documents.
Attorney Jonathan Schochor, who represents over 100 plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the hospital, asked, “How in the dickens does a hospital permit that kind of a person to go ahead and practice at that institution as a credentialed OB/GYN for years?”