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Former University of California, Irvine student charged with impersonating a doctor

September 7, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Former University of California, Irvine student charged with impersonating a doctor

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A former University of California, Irvine (UCI) student faces several charges after impersonating a doctor on multiple occasions and provided at least one patient with a medical diagnosis, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Last week, 23-year-old Ariya Ouskouian was charged with one count of providing a medical diagnosis while impersonating a doctor, which is a felony charge, and eight misdemeanors of “representing a licensed medical practitioner,” a statement released last Wednesday by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office revealed.

In May, Ouskouian reportedly diagnosed a man, whose identity has not been released, regarding a lump on his neck at UCI. On seven different instances between April and June, he also impersonated a doctor at Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office stated that Ouskouian told a security guard that he was a physician and was granted access to restricted areas of the children’s hospital.

“Ouskouian is accused of claiming to have lost his hospital badge and requesting a temporary one on each of these occasions,” the office announced in a statement. “When staff became suspicious of the defendant and requested verification of his status, Ouskouian is accused of providing the name of a UCI personnel.”

Ouskouian was taken into custody and charged last Tuesday after a probe was carried out by the Orange County Police Department. He was booked into the Orange County Jail but was released after he posted $20,000 bond.

The man could face three years in a state lockup and eight years in the Orange County Jail if he’s found guilty.

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