Some are in it for the money.
Dr. Arthur Kennedy was from the west African country of Ghana. He had distinguished credentials and was highly recommended for jobs. He practiced medicine in South Carolina and treated over 500 patients in a year, working at senior centers, a senior rehabilitation center, and at the Department of Mental Health.
Dr. Kennedy was a general practitioner who gave exams and wrote prescriptions. One day he made a tiny mistake while filling out a death certificate and officials contacted him to fix it.
He said it was impossible that he made the mistake.
They asked him why he was so sure.
He said it was impossible because he hadn't been in South Carolina for a year - he was teaching in a medical school in Ghana.
But his friend Ernest Addo was in South Carolina.
He was impersonating Dr. Kennedy.
He was also from Ghana, and looked a bit like Dr. Kennedy. Although he has some medical training, he's not a doctor.
He does have some problems with money, so authorities assume he impersonated his friend for financial reasons.
The recruitment firm that helped place him in some of his jobs said that he had all his paperwork in order and that there were no red flags.
One nurse, however, said that after she had questions about his treatment plan, she did see him consult the website Ask.com.
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