Officials: Occupational therapist impersonator worked at Central Fla. facilities

Man indicted on fraud, aggravated identity theft

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Authorities say a Kissimmee man impersonated an occupational therapist at health care facilities around Central Florida for more than two years.

The state attorney's office indicted James Lewis, 44, on nine counts, including three counts of mail fraud, five counts of wire fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft.

According to the indictment, in March 2009, Lewis received a temporary occupational therapist license from the Florida Department of Health by using a false name, Social Security number and fake education credentials. 

Authorities said Lewis worked as an OT in Central Florida between March 2009 and July 2011 and received his salary using Electronic Funds Transfers.

Lewis was under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Florida Department of Health's Division of Medical Quality Assurance, Orlando Unlicensed Activity Office.

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