Bogus Psychologist Faces New Charges in Illinois

An Illinois man who already pleaded guilty to posing as a psychologist now faces new charges over falsely writing drug prescriptions.  Scott Curtis Redman, 36, has been charged with writing 71 prescriptions to 44 patients until being arrested at the end of January.  The youngest of these patients was 9 years old and had been prescribed Vyanse for attention deficit problems.  Redman had allegedly used a physician's name, medical license number, and controlled substance license number to run a mental health clinic in Chicago's South Side. 

The clinic's website featured Redman's picture, along with the real doctor's name, and offered mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults.  The fraud only came to light when a University of Connecticut police officer contacted the physician and told him that someone had submitted a false diploma to the Blue Cross Blue Shield credentialing department.   The Drug Enforcement Agency then launched a federal investigation which led to the current charge of intentionally using a fictitious registration number in the name of another person to distribute and dispense a controlled substance.

According to the investigators, Redman has previously been arrested and charged with 24 counts of pretending to be a psychologist in Cook County.  At the time of his sentencing in November, one victim, Kathy Baran, told reporters that she had felt "crushed", "mortified", and "violated" after discovering that the man she had been seeing for unspecified problems was a fraud.  She complained at the time of his pleading guilty to a single charge of practicing psychological therapy without a license that he had only received a "little slap."  He was ordered to pay restitution and to avoid any contact with his victim.

At the time of his previous sentencing, it was reported that Redman was claiming to hold a doctorate in counseling from Walden University.   The university denied ever having heard of him and his repeated applications for a license to practice psychology have all been rejected.   He was involved in a similar licensing dispute in Florida over false credentials.   After being charged in Florida, he simply sold his home and moved to Illinois.  Despite the fraud, he advertised his services extensively, including an ad in Psychology Today and also posted fabricated reviews describing him as a "wonderful psychologist who has helped many people."

If convicted for his latest offence, Redman faces up to four years in prison. 

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