Fake Doc Busted for Fake Acupuncture, Expired Pills

The Skokie man faces three years in prison, $25,000 fine for practicing medicine without a license

By Lacey McCraney
|  Thursday, May 26, 2011  |  Updated 6:50 AM CDT
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A northwest suburban man accused of performing acupuncture with toothpicks and doled out expired pills faces charges of practicing medicine without a license.

Niles Police say George Fleming, 61, of Skokie, treated a man last month at a clinic in the 8900 block of Golf Road. Fleming was arrested May 18 after voluntarily going in to speak with police, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The victim told police Fleming put toothpicks into his chest and gave him pills that expired in February 2002 labeled "Prosperous Farmer Dietary Supplements".

When the victim and his son called the clinic, an employee told them she didn't know a doctor in the clinic by that name. The pair says they then went to the clinic, and when they saw Fleming, he took off running down Golf Road.

Investigators say Fleming admitted to practicing medicine without a license.

If convicted, he could face up to three years behind bars and be fined $25,000 dollars.

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