Deputies: Man pretended to be doctor for 6 months

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) -- Lexington County deputies say an Austell, Ga., man spent six months pretending to be a doctor at five senior citizen facilities around Columbia.

Authorities think 48-year-old Ernest Addo may have seen up to 500 patients at five different facilities ran by Agape Senior Primary Care since February.

Deputies say Addo use documents owned by a friend who is an Orangeburg doctor to get the company to hire him. The investigation began Wednesday after the doctor reported Addo had opened credit cards in his name.

Investigators aren't sure if Addo had any medical training and are checking to see what treatment patients received.

Addo is charged with unlawfully practicing medicine. It wasn't clear if he had a lawyer.

Agape issued a statement saying Addo appeared to have all the necessary credentials.