Indiana Man Sentenced to More Than 13 Years for Impersonating Psychiatrist
CHICAGO — An Indiana man was sentenced today to more than 13 years in federal prison for holding himself out as a psychiatrist and 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 50 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.
A jury in November 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 imposed the 157-month sentence in federal court in Chicago.
The sentence 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.
“The defendant’s conduct was shameless,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Katie M. Durick argued in the government’s sentencing memorandum. “He preyed upon an already vulnerable population of patients, including a nine-year old little boy, who were seeking mental health treatment for a variety of psychiatric conditions.”
Evidence presented 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 to his supposed patients, including Adderall, Clonazepam and Xanax.
The government is represented by Ms. Durick and Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew F. Madden.