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Man stole doctor's ID, treated 500 patients, sheriff says

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina authorities said a man stole the identity of a physician and pretended to be a doctor, and now they're trying to see whether he harmed any of the hundreds of patients he treated.

Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said Ernest Addo, 48, of Austell, Ga., saw more than 500 patients during the last year.

Officials where Addo worked said they haven't found signs of improper care.

Metts said Addo appears to have some medical training, but is not licensed as a doctor in the U.S. He is being held in a Georgia jail. It wasn't clear whether he had a lawyer.

Authorities refused to release the name of the doctor who was impersonated. However, a friend of Addo's, Dr. Arthur Kennedy of Orangeburg, confirmed his identity was stolen.