Fake Niles doctor pleads guilty, faces 5-20 yearsPublished 4:41pm Wednesday, September 26, 2012
A Berrien Springs man who is accused of practicing medicine without a license in Niles and committing sexual acts in the process pleaded guilty to five felony counts Tuesday, according to the Michigan Attorney General’s office.
Charles A. Mosimbwa, 43, is expected to be sentenced to 5 to 20 years in prison and ordered to compensate Medicaid and Medicare for payments received while fraudulently practicing medicine.
“Practicing medicine without the required training and expertise recklessly endangers the welfare of patients and is a serious crime,” said Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. “Anyone who abuses this position of trust to victimize the public will face justice.”
Mosimbwa submitted forged documents to the state to obtain two Michigan licenses to practice medicine, one as a medical doctor and one as a registered nurse. An investigation revealed that, prior to opening an office on Main Street in Niles, Mosimbwa illegally practiced medicine from an apartment in Berrien Springs.
Schuette’s office arrested Mosimbwa on March 8 and asked that patients of the fake doctor report their concerns. It was later discovered Mosimbwa used the guise of examining women to perpetrate sexual assaults.
Mosimbwa pleaded guilty Tuesday to the following charges before Judge Clinton Canady in Ingham County’s 30th Circuit Court in Lansing: one count criminal sexual conduct in the first degree; two counts of Medicaid fraud-false claim; one count false pretenses over $1,000; and one count of health profession-unauthorized practice.
At the request of the victims, Schuette has allowed Mosimbwa to plead guilty to the charges in order to avoid a lengthy trial. As part of the plea agreement, Judge Canady is expected to sentence Mosimbwa to 5 to 20 years in prison. Sentencing has been scheduled for Oct. 24. Mosimbwa, who is a citizen of Malawi, Africa, will likely be deported at the conclusion of his prison sentence.
Schuette thanked the Niles Police Department and Michigan State Police for conducting a simultaneous, but independent, investigation of Mosimbwa’s actions and for contributing to the case.
Schuette encourages patients of Mosimbwa who wish to report concerns to call the Attorney General’s Health Care Fraud Division at (800) 242-2873.