Oregon Man Owes More than $64,000 to Insurance Companies, Doctors, Patients

June 1, 2009

A Portland man has been sentenced to a year in federal prison after he was convicted of posing as an optometrist.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said 26-year-old Johnathan Rogers was convicted of making a false statement relating to health care.

Rogers was also ordered to pay more than $64,000 restitution to more than 300 victims, including doctors and eye clinics, insurance companies and patients.

An investigation by the FBI and police found that Rogers has never graduated from any accredited school of optometry and has never been licensed as an optometrist.

During 2007 he posed as an optometrist, lied about his qualifications and treated patients at seven clinics in Oregon and with a charity in Namibia.

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