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Police arrest ‘doctor’ who gave ‘accupuncture’ with toothpicks, expired pills

George Fleming

George Fleming

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Updated: October 16, 2011 12:16AM

The phony doctor who performed toothpick “acupuncture” on a man and gave him expired pills is facing charges of practicing medicine without a license, Niles police said.

George Fleming, 61, of Skokie, was arrested on May 18. Police said Fleming, who does not have a license to practice medicine in Illinois, treated a man April 23 at a clinic in the 8900 block of Golf Road.

Niles police Sgt. Robert Tornabene said the victim saw an advertisement for Fleming’s medical services in a Bulgarian newspaper. When the man showed up for his treatment, he found no one else at the clinic except Fleming.

Fleming put toothpicks in the patient’s chest (possibly as an acupuncture treatment) and gave him pills labeled “Prosperous Farmer Dietary Supplements,” police said. The label on the bottle stated that the pills expired in February 2002.

On April 26, when the victim and his son called the clinic, an employee said she didn’t know who the doctor was, police reported. The father and son then went to the clinic and saw Fleming, who ran out of the building and fled east on Golf Road, police said.

Investigators reported that Fleming voluntarily came to the Niles Police Department for an interview, and he admitted to practicing medicine without a license, police said.

“He’s not licensed to practice medicine in the state of Illinois,” Tornabene said. “I don’t know if he had been prior.”

If convicted, Fleming could face up to three years and be fined up to $25,000, police said.

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