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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 4, 2016

Indiana Man Convicted of Impersonating Psychiatrist and Prescribing Medications to Dozens of Patients in Chicago

CHICAGO — A federal jury has convicted an Indiana man on fraud charges for holding himself out as a psychiatrist while prescribing medications to a nine-year-old child and dozens of others.

SCOTT C. REDMAN, 37, of Hammond, Ind., used the identity of an Illinois physician to see patients and prescribe medications at a clinic on Chicago’s Near North Side.  The real physician is employed by a different Illinois medical facility.

Redman assumed the physician’s name to prescribe medications to more than 40 individuals from September 2015 to February 2016.  The purported patients included a nine-year-old child, for whom Redman prescribed a 30-day supply of Vyvanse, a medication that treats attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

After a four-day trial in federal court in Chicago, the jury Thursday convicted Redman on three counts of wire fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft, one count of furnishing false information to the Drug Enforcement Administration, and five counts of distributing a controlled substance.

U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan set sentencing for Feb. 8, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.

The verdict was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Dennis A. Wichern, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the DEA.

Evidence at trial revealed that Redman maintained office hours at the clinic to treat his supposed patients.  A purported profile of Redman on the clinic’s website contained the name of the real physician, alongside a photograph of Redman and fraudulent biographical and educational information.  In addition to the Vyvanse, Redman prescribed other controlled substances, including Adderall, Clonazepam and Xanax.

The conviction carries a maximum sentence of 166 years in prison.  The Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Katie M. Durick and Matthew F. Madden.

Topic(s): 
Healthcare Fraud
Identity Theft
Updated November 4, 2016