Dr. Charles Akoda Lawsuit
Are you a former patient of Dr. Charles Akoda? You may be entitled to financial compensation.
Dr. Charles Akoda has been revealed to be a fake doctor who fraudulently practiced obstetrics and gynecology (OB-GYN) from 2008 to 2016. During that time, he regularly saw patients with an unlawfully obtained medical license and delivered babies at Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, Md.
If you or someone you love was a patient of Dr. Charles Akoda or received any kind of treatment from this man, you may have legal options. Do not wait to contact the trusted medical malpractice lawyers at Goldberg Finnegan to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to learn more about your right to compensation. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis and will not charge for our services unless we obtain compensation for you.
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False Identity and Medical Degrees
On Nov. 15, 2016, Dr. Charles Akoda – whose real name is Oluwafemi Charles Igberase – entered a guilty plea with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland for using a fake Social Security account number to obtain a medical license in Maryland.
A search warrant executed at the man’s home found false or altered documentation including:
- Social Security card
- Nigerian passport
- U.S. visa
- Immigration documents
- Medical diplomas and transcripts
- Birth certificates
- Letters of recommendation
The plea agreement states that Dr. Charles Akoda entered the U.S. in Oct. 1991 on a nonimmigrant visa. Once in the country, he used different names, birth dates, Social Security numbers and other identifying information to obtain certifications from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). The ECFMG provides certification to international medical school graduates before they can enter graduate school and residency programs to practice medicine in the U.S.
He was issued three certificates under different names and different Social Security numbers between 1992 and 1998, two of which were revoked or suspended in Dec. 1995 when the ECFMG realized they had been fraudulently obtained.
After receiving his third ECFMG certification in 1998 under the name of Charles John Nosa Akoda, the man was admitted to a residency program in New Jersey. However, two years later, he was kicked out of the program once officials learned that he had used a false Social Security number.
After completing residency at another facility, Dr. Charles Akoda fraudulently obtained a medical license in Maryland in Sept. 2011. He then went on to practice obstetrics and gynecology for several years and obtained medical privileges at Prince George’s Hospital Center.
According to the Maryland State Board of Physicians, he continuously renewed his license until Sept. 30, 2016 when the license expired.
Dr. Charles Akoda was indicted by the United States Attorney on June 1, 2016 for Social Security account number fraud and aggravated identity theft. In accordance with his plea agreement, Dr. Charles Akoda will be sentenced to six months in prison, six months of home detention and three years of supervised release if the court accepts the plea agreement.
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Former Patients File Lawsuits Against Dr. Akoda
Upon learning that Dr. Charles Akoda was a fake doctor and had fraudulently obtained his license to practice medicine in the U.S., several former patients have filed lawsuits against the doctor and Prince George’s Hospital Center stating that their patient rights have been violated.
Many women have come forward expressing the suffering they endured while under the care of a man who did not have the medical credentials to care for them or deliver their children.
In addition to the false claims made by Dr. Charles Akoda that made patients believe he was a medically trained physician, Prince George’s Hospital Center failed to confirm that Dr. Charles Akoda’s paperwork and background information was correct.
Hospitals and other medical facilities have a duty to ensure the doctors and other staff members they employ have the credentials needed to care for their patients. When they fail to do this, they can be held liable for the harm caused to their patients.
To determine if you have a case and are entitled to file a lawsuit against Dr. Charles Akoda or Prince George’s Hospital Center, do not wait to contact Goldberg Finnegan to schedule a free, no obligation consultation today. We have decades of experience handling various medical malpractice cases and can help you fight for the compensation and justice you deserve.
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When doctors practice medicine without the training required for the position, they can cause serious harm to their patients who trust that their doctors have their best interests in mind.
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Do not wait to contact Goldberg Finnegan today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to learn more about your legal options. We work on a contingency fee basis and will not charge you anything unless we obtain compensation for you.