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Fake doctor asks desperate family for $50K for surgery

03/05/2014 08:47 EST | Updated 05/05/2014 05:59 EDT
A Windsor, Ont., man has been charged after he allegedly posed as a doctor trying to get a desperate family to pay $50,000 for a surgery that would cure their daughter's disorder.

Windsor police claim the phony doctor even gave the girl a physical.

Police would not say how old the girl is or what disorder she has suffered from since birth. Police offered no other details on the family.

The investigation started with the discovery of a $15,000 payment to a furniture company, which was eventually determined to be to fraudulent.

As part of that investigation, police searched a home in east Windsor, seized the furniture, and returned it to the store.

Later, police determined the same man was posing as a medical doctor with practising privileges at hospitals in the United States.

During that investigation, officers heard the man had been allegedly telling several people in the city that he was a licensed medical doctor, with affiliations with and practising privileges at hospitals in the U.S. 

Investigators believe the 32-year-old suspect may have offered other people medical assistance.

Police are now asking for tips from the public.

The man is charged with half a dozen fraud-related charges, that include:

- Fraud over $5,000.

- Two counts of theft under $5,000.

- Two counts of fraud under $5,000.

- Attempted fraud over $5,000.

- Uttering a fraudulent document

- Forging a trademark.

- Assault.

Police say the assault stems from the alleged physical.

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