Un faux neuropsychologue aurait «traité» des enfants en difficulté pour de l'argent à Brooklynseptember 27, 2019
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A Los Angeles man allegedly set up a sham neuropsychology practice in Brooklyn and, with the help of his girlfriend-slash-receptionist, treated at least a dozen patients without a license to practice in New York or anywhere else for that matter.
According to Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, 59-year-old Glenn Payne operated offices for “The Brooklyn Heights Office of Advanced Neurotherapy” at 300 Cadman Plaza West, the Maple Medical office building in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, and the Kings Against Violence Initiative, a non-profit located at Kings County Medical Center. Payne also, erroneously, claimed affiliations with the aforementioned Medical Center and SUNY Downstate Hospital, and said he had a Masters of Public Health and a Ph.D. from UCLA (both, allegedly, lies). In fact, Payne lacked licenses to practice either medicine or psychology in any state.
“It is unbelievable that someone would put patients, including children, at risk by pretending to be qualified to diagnose and treat them,” Gonzalez said. “The alleged conduct in this case is truly outrageous and potentially endangered vulnerable people.”
Prosecutors believe that, between June 5th, 2012 and May 30th, 2018, Payne accepted referrals from “pediatricians or friends in the medical field for assistance with troubled children,” according to a press release. Acting as office manager, Payne’s partner — Vernette Tobierre, 46 — allegedly scheduled the appointments, collected payments (which reportedly ranged from $60 to $250 per session, or $400 for a house call, payable to the “Office of Dr. Glenn Payne”), and managed patient communications. Tobierre allegedly informed Payne’s clients that, because he did not accept insurance, all payments had to be made upfront, either in cash or by electronic transfer: According to the NY Daily News, he swindled his patients out of at least $30,000 this way.
At time of writing, a person going by the name of “Dr. GLENN PAYNE, PH. D., MPH, NEUROPSYCHOLOGIST” maintained an active LinkedIn profile that would seem to support at least some of the D.A.’s allegations, in that it baldly advertises an affiliation with the Kings County Hospital Center and SUNY Downstate.
It would also appear that Payne did a bit of blogging during his stint as a fake doctor: In 2013, for example, he expounded on topics like Oppositional Defiant Disorder in teens and ADHD diets for children for a WordPress purportedly associated with the Kings Against Violence Initiative.
Tobierre is a co-defendant in the case, and was arraigned in January. Payne was arraigned Thursday on a 55-count indictment, which includes charges of: fifth-degree conspiracy, first-degree scheme to defraud, unauthorized practice of a profession, unauthorized use of a professional title, third- and fourth-degree grand larceny, petit larceny, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, and endangering the welfare of a child. He’s being held on a $100,000 bond or $50,000 cash bail.
The alleged medical grifters have separate court appearances scheduled for the end of October. In the meantime, Gonzalez encouraged anyone else who believed they’d been defrauded by Payne and Tobierre to call the D.A.’s Action Center at 718-250-2340.