FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Case # 18CF2440  

Date: August 29, 2018

FORMER UCI STUDENT CHARGED WITH PROVIDING MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS WHILE IMPERSONATING A DOCTOR

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A former UCI student was charged yesterday with providing medical diagnosis while impersonating a doctor. 

Defendant

Charges

Maximum Sentence

Court Date

Ariya Ouskouian, 23, Irvine

Charged on Aug. 28, 2018 with the following counts:

Felony:

  • Providing medical diagnosis while impersonating a doctor

Misdemeanors:

  • (8) Misrepresenting oneself as a licensed medical practitioner

Three years in state prison and eight years in Orange County Jail

TBA

Circumstances of the Case

  • On May 3, 2018, the defendant is accused of impersonating a doctor and diagnosing John Doe about a growth on his neck at a consult room at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).
  • On at least seven different occasions between April 23, 2018 and June 4, 2018, Ouskouian is accused of impersonating a doctor at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC).
  • The defendant is accused of misrepresenting himself as a doctor to CHOC security personnel and gaining access to restricted floors of the hospital.
  • Ouskouian is accused of claiming to have lost his hospital badge and requesting a temporary one be issued on each of these occasions.
  • When hospital staff became suspicious of the defendant and requested verification of his doctor status, Ouskouian is accused of providing the name of a UCI personnel.
  • The defendant is further accused of convincing the UCI personnel of his alleged doctor status. The UCI personnel then verified Ouskouian to CHOC.
  • CHOC reported the incident to the Orange Police Department (OPD), who investigated this case.

Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Claudia Alvarez, Special Prosecutions Unit

 



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