Legal Staff Writer
On October 23, 2017, named plaintiffs Monique Russell and Jasmine Riggins filed punitive class claims in Maryland federal court against Dimensions Health Corp. (“Dimensions”) after learning that their former OB-GYN had been practicing medicine under a medical license obtained with a fraudulent social security number.
The doctor in question, Oluwafemi Charles Igberase, had been practicing medicine at Dimensions under the false identity Charles John Nosa Akoda. Between 2012 and 2016, it has been estimated that Igberase saw more than 1,000 patients and performed at least 500 C-sections. He was fired after pleading guilty in 2016 to using a fake social security number after a search of his home, office and vehicle yielded a large number of falsified documents under the name “Akoda,” including a social security card, a Nigerian passport and a U.S. visa. In addition, forged medical diplomas, medical transcripts, letters of recommendation and a fake birth certificate were found.
The plaintiffs argue that Dimensions knew or should have known prior to his plea in 2016 that Igberase was practicing medicine with a medical license obtained using a fake social security number because in the year 2000, Igberase was asked to leave a New Jersey residency program when it was discovered that his social security number failed to match his assumed identity of Charles John Nosa Akoda. The plaintiffs argue that their claim is further bolstered by the fact that in 2012, the federal government denied Igberase’s application for Medicare reimbursement on the basis that the social security number provided, again, did not match with his identity as Akoda.
The suit includes claims for negligent and grossly negligent hiring, retention, supervision, selection, qualification and credentialing of Igberase, along with claims for invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, battery and negligent entrustment.
The case is: Russell et al. v. Dimensions Health Corp., Case No. 8:17-cv-03106, in the U.S. District Court of Maryland.
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