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Fake doctor used toothpicks for ‘acupuncture,’ Niles police say

Updated: June 18, 2011 12:33AM

A man told Niles police that a man passing himself off as a doctor examined him at a closed medical clinic, used toothpicks for acupuncture, gave him expired pills and charged him $200 on April 23 for the exam.

The victim responded to an ad in a Bulgarian newspaper and he went April 23 to the clinic in the 8900 block of Golf Road, police said.

The building appeared to be closed, though, with no other patients or employees around, except for the “doctor,” who was dressed in a white lab coat, police said.

The “doctor” conducted an exam on the man and stuck toothpicks in his chest. He told the victim to take pills called “Prosperous Farmer Dietary Supplements” each day until the bottle was finished — though the expiration date on the bottle was February 2002, police said.

The victim paid the man $200, police said.

When the victim called the clinic April 26 he was told they had no idea who the “doctor” was, police said.

So the man and his son returned to the clinic April 30. When they did, the “doctor” ran out of the building, locked the door behind him and ran eastbound on Golf Road, police said. Tracy Gruen

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