N.Y. man called impostor at crash site

August 11, 1996|By NEWSDAY

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. -- A Long Island man who posed as an Army officer to direct helicopter landings at the TWA crash command center in East Moriches has been indicted on charges that he has posed as a physician for several years and has written bogus prescriptions.

State Attorney General Dennis Vacco's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is charging David L. Williams, 30, with authorizing more than $87,000 in Medicaid services for developmentally disabled clients of the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk Inc., a private human-service agency.

Williams pleaded innocent Friday before Suffolk County Court Judge John Vaughn to 11 charges of unauthorized practice of a profession, for allegedly pretending to be a doctor, and seven charges of possession of forged instruments, in connection with prescriptions he is accused of writing for himself and others. He remains jailed on $100,000 bail.

Williams posed as an Army lieutenant colonel at the Coast Guard Station in East Moriches. He appeared on the night of the July 17 crash in an olive-drab flight suit with "Special Forces" patches to direct helicopter landings.

He did so for 2 1/2 days before he was questioned.

Pub Date: 8/11/96

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