Md. Physician who Acquired license prompts lawsuits

Accused teen ‘doctor’ arrested on new charges at Virginia

She said five years she sent her sone after 16 hours of labor.   The pain lingers.

“I am frightened of male doctors now, I am scared to visit the hospitals now,”‘ she explained.   “I don’t trust them now. I am angry because I put hope and I put my own life and my kid’s life and hope at the hospital.”

Jazmine stated  she gave birth Prince George’s Hospital Center, and was treated by a man who said that his name was “Dr. Charles Akoda.”

“What he was doing was causing a tremendous annoyance to the point at which I am crying and begging and screaming for another doctor,” she explained.  

She’s since learned   “Akoda’s” clinical license was deceptive.

Now, she plans to join one of many lawsuits filed from the former parent company of the hospital, alleging the PGHC didn’t determine “Dr. Charles Akoda” was really Oluwafemi Igberase.

Her lawyer, Jonathan Schochor calls Akoda’s case shocking.

“This is only one of the most acute cases I’ve noticed,” he explained.  

Oluwafemi Igberase was sentenced earlier this year after acknowledging that he misused a social security number to “fraudulently obtain a Maryland medical license.”

Throughout search unsuccessful in 2016, officials discovered “a false social security card at the Akoda name, a false Nigerian passport for Akoda, a false U.S. visa at the Akoda name, and deceptive or altered documents associated with immigration, medical diplomas, medical transcripts letters of recommendations, along with birth certificates.”

This all could have stopped years ago.

In 2000, a residency program at New Jersey figured out he gave him incorrect information about his identity and kicked him off.  

In 2012, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services discovered he supplied an inaccurate social security number if he filed a Medicare Enrollment Program.  

However, based on lawsuits and national officials, “Akoda” continued to treat patients before 2016.  

He had been charged and pleaded guilty in November 2016.  

“I really don’t feel comfortable at visiting a hospital,” Tinsley said.  

PGHC  supplied the following   email:

“We’re aware of the lawsuit filed on behalf of patients who may have received care from “Dr. Charles J. Akoda.” We intend to vigorously defend the litigation which is based on assumptions and accusations that he was not an experienced, licensed medical practitioner.   That is not the situation.  

Dr. “Akoda” is your identity used by a trained and accredited physician in the practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology if he delivered his private patients in our centre.   Dr. “Akoda” finished his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Howard University in Washington, D.C..   He demonstrated that the breadth and depth of clinical proficiency due to a resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He failed biannual tests of his clinical knowledge and surgical abilities based on the fulfilling Core Competencies of residency training.   After the completion of the residency program in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. “Akoda” was Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology at 2014.

Upon conclusion of the residency application, he applied for and was awarded medical staff privileges in Prince George’s Hospital Center.   A background check performed by an outside source validated that the social security number which he supplied.   During the course of the clinical activity at PGHC, he underwent scheduled Focused Practice and Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluations which he finished successfully.

Dr. “Akoda” held doctor’s licenses in good standing from the State of Maryland and the Commonwealth of Virginia. We’re deeply committed to high excellent patient care, delivered with empathy and an expectation of ethics from each member of the staff. We’re disappointed that our expectation of ethics was not met in the instance of Dr. “Akoda” awarded his complex, advanced identity theft strategy.”

WUSA9 achieved to a spokeswoman for Howard University’s hospital, but has not heard back.

In other court records, the hospital attorneys quoted Shakespeare to explain their own drama, composing “What is in a name?   What we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet.’ The exact main rings true here.”

“To be truthful? I think it’s ridiculous,” Schochor said.  

WUSA9 inquired when the Maryland Board of Physicians verifies the validity of social security numbers provided by applicants.  

Yemisi Koya, a spokeswoman for MBP, said in an email “that the Board has not been conferred with explicit congressional authority to check the validity of social security numbers.”  

She added the board utilizes social security numbers for “identification of applicants and licensees.”  

WUSA9 asked when the Virginia Board of Medicine independently verified his social security number.

Diane Powers of the Department of Health Professions composed  in an email “the nation takes primary source verification of diagnosis from official records including transcripts from a US medical school or residency schedule.”  

Both boards told WUSA9 that they rely on information given to them from the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates.    

Goya told WUSA9 “ECFMG is your “entity accountable for getting the credentials and certificates” of foreign doctors.

“Dr. Akoda used to this Board for licensure with a SSN issued by the Social Security Administration.     Like each program the Board receives, Dr. Akoda’s program and credentials were assessed according to   regulatory and statutory requirements, including verification of his credentials through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)and also the principal source of verification for foreign medical graduates applying for licensure. ECFMG’s role and responsibility is to vet foreign medical graduates (FMGs),” Goya wrote.

WUSA9 has recently filed an open records request to learn which information “Dr. Akoda” submitted to the Maryland Board of Physicians.   A request for the identical information was declined from the Virginia Board of Medicine.  

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