Ariya Ouskouian, 23, was charged this week with a misdemeanor count of providing a medical diagnosis, while impersonating a doctor and eight felony accounts of “representing themselves as a licensed medical practitioner,” the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said.
(Orange County Police Department)
A former student at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), is facing several charges after he allegedly impersonated a doctor on multiple occasions and gave at least one patient a medical diagnosis, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office says.
Ariya Ouskouian, 23, was charged this week with a misdemeanor count of providing a medical diagnosis, while impersonating a doctor and eight felony accounts of “representing themselves as a licensed medical practitioner,” according to a statement released by the district attorney’s office on Wednesday.
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In May, Ouskouian reportedly the diagnosis of a man, who has not been identified, with regard to a growth in his neck in a consultation room at UCI. On seven different occasions between April and June, he also allegedly impersonated a doctor at Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office claims Ouskouian told a security employee was a medical doctor and later got access to the forbidden floors of the children’s hospital.
“Ouskouian is accused of claiming to have lost his hospital badge and request a temporary be issued on each of these occasions,” the agency said in a statement. “As the hospital staff became suspicious of the defendant and requested verification of his doctor status, Ouskouian is accused of providing the name of a UCI staff.”
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Ouskouian was arrested and charged Tuesday following an investigation by the Orange County Police Department. He was being held in the Orange County Jail, but was released Wednesday after posting $ 20,000 bond, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing jail records.
The former student could face three years in prison and eight years in the Orange County Jail if he is convicted, according to the district attorney’s office.
Court dates have not yet been completed.
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