Dr. Oz, 1/9/2018, skips all the Pegan diet and Teatox hype and features True Crime Tuesdays by exposing a fraudulent doctor allowed to perform surgery, deliver babies, and see patients for well over 20 years. Oluwafemi Charles Igberase obtained multiple fake identities including social security cards and even a medical license. Igerase had at least 11 identities but was caught under the name of Charles John Nosa Akoda. Oz says Akoda finally plead guilty of fraud in 2016. 11 women have started a class action lawsuit against the doctor. Oz says the real question is how this real life “Doctor Evil” could be allowed to continue to practice even when he was let go by other institutions.
Akoda is a Nigerian Immigrant. The ability to obtain and use false documents to get a medical license in this modern digital era is a testament to the lackluster security and verification systems prevalent in many state government offices. People are not doing their jobs plain and simple or this man would have never been allowed to get a medical license in the state of New York. Employers failed to check credentials and even allowed this man to continue to practice elsewhere after finding irregularities in his documents. the pass the buck and don’t make waves attitude in today’s workplace could have killed someone.
The Federal Government did not even pursue this matter after Akoda put up red flags on a Medicare Application. This is a simple case of political correctness gone too far. It was a full 16 years this man was allowed to continue to practice medicine after the first employer let him go due to irregularities in his credentials. 16 YEARS! It is time we start demanding more accountability from our government. People are trained to ignore this stuff. Our own IRS cannot even communicate with citizens via email and still uses the antiquated system of snail mail or fax only.
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