NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia man has pleaded guilty to posing as a doctor and seeing multiple patients at a Newport News free clinic.
Thirty-one-year-old Vishal J. Patel pleaded guilty to furnishing false information in a Drug Enforcement Administration record and aggravated identity theft on Monday in Newport News district court.
According to a release from the Department of Justice, Patel, of Glen Allen, stole information of other licensed physicians in order to pose as a doctor in online applications.
Prosecutors say Patel would contact oversight entities such as the DEA and pose as the physicians, direct DEA workers to alter licensing records to be associated with his name and have them mail him the altered records.
He was eventually able to work at the Newport News clinic by being employed as an independent contractor with at least one medical staffing company.
Patel was able to see nearly two dozen patients at the clinic before he was fired when the clinic eventually wasn’t able to verify his credentials.
He faces a mandatory consecutive term of two years in prison and his sentencing is set for March 19.