Man accused of working as doctor aide without license Suspect also accused of forging prescriptions

April 17, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Patients of two Glen Burnie internists might have been diagnosed and treated by a man police believe was working as an unlicensed physician's aide and forging prescriptions from the Oakwood Road practice.

Police are looking for patients who visited the office of Drs. Marc and Ira Kaplan in the past year and who were diagnosed or prescribed medicine by Kerry Nikola Thompson, 35.

Thompson of the first block of Oakleigh Ave. in Glen Burnie was arrested Friday and charged with three counts of fraud and practicing as a physician's aide without a license.

Police say Thompson was hired as a medical technician but performed the duties of an aide -- diagnosing patients, filling in medical charts and writing prescriptions for doctors to sign.

Police are not sure how many patients the man might have diagnosed, but they said it was possible for a person being treated at the office in the 7800 block of Oakwood Road to have seen only an aide.

"The doctors let him go way beyond the scope of his duties," said Detective Glenn Shanahan, who investigated the case. "He never had a license or a temporary license."

Police found out about the man's lack of licensing when he became a suspect in a prescription-drug fraud case two weeks ago.

According to police, a pharmacist at the Revco drugstore in the 7000 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. found that a prescription a man turned in April 3 for patient Kerry Thompson was a fake. The prescription, written on Dr. Marc Kaplan's stationery, was for 60 tablets of the powerful painkiller Roxicet, police said.

The pharmacist was suspicious because she didn't recognize the doctor's signature, police said. The unidentified pharmacist called the Kaplans' office, confirmed that the prescription was a fraud and called police.

Shanahan checked the store's computer files under the patient's name and found several prescriptions for powerful sedatives and painkillers dating to July. Police said they have no reason to believe the man was selling or distributing the pills.

One of the pharmacy technicians who filled a March 20 prescription for the Thompson patient for 80 tablets of Roxicet identified the suspect from a set of photos, police said.

Later that day, police went to the Kaplans' office and found that the suspect was working there. Police contacted the Maryland Board of Physician Quality Assurance, which licenses aides. An employee told police that the suspect had applied for board certification but was "rejected because of education deficiencies," Shanahan said.

Police are asking that patients treated by the man without being seen by one of the doctors come forward. They are also looking for patients who might have seen the man writing prescriptions.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Glenn Shanahan between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 410-222-6003.

Pub Date: 4/17/97

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