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Man convicted of impersonating psychiatrist, prescribing meds

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A northwest Indiana man has been convicted of impersonating a psychiatrist and prescribing medications to dozens of patients at a Near North Side clinic.

Following a four-day federal trial, 37-year-old Scott C. Redman of Hammond, Indiana, was found guilty of three counts of wire fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft, one count of furnishing false information to the Drug Enforcement Administration, and five counts of distributing a controlled substance, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office.

Redman used the identity of an Illinois physician to prescribe 71 prescriptions to 44 individuals from September 2015 to February 2016, prosecutors said The real physician is a resident at a different Illinois medical facility.

Redman prescribed a 9-year-old with a 30-day supply of Vyvanse, which treats attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to federal prosecutors. He also prescribed Adderall, Clonazepam and Zolpidem Tartrate.

A profile of Redman on the clinic’s website showed the name of the real physician, with Redman’s picture, and fake biographical and educational information, prosecutors said.

Redman is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayen Feb. 8 for a sentencing hearing, prosecutors said. His conviction carries a maximum sentence of 166 years in prison.