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Flight attendant poses as doctor and prescribes medication to hundreds of patients for 3 years

By Mason White 10:18 AM August 18, 2015
Donald Lee-Edwards 

By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A man who posed as a doctor, was arrested on a charge of criminal impersonation after prescribing medication to hundreds of people without having a medical license, police in New York said.

Police in Staten Island, said that 43-year-old Donald Lee-Edwards misled more than 100 patients by posing as a clinical psychologist.

According to the police investigation, he met with patients in his basement and gave them antidepressants. Lee-Edwards was charged with criminal impersonation, drug sales, scheme to defraud and other charges.

Lee-Edwards was booked into jail, and his bail was set at $75,000. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison. The former flight attendant treated patients in a makeshift office in the home he shares with his parents.

The basement was equipped with treatment rooms, a waiting room and security equipment. Lee-Edwards met with each patient for about two hours and in some cases called pharmacies to fill prescriptions.

Detectives began investigating Lee-Edwards after patients questioned if he was really a doctor.

Patients were suspicious because he had discussed other patients and boasted about graduating from high school when he was 13 years old.