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Authorities: Fake doctor tries again, leaves N.C.

Posted December 2, 2010 7:32 a.m. EST
Updated December 2, 2010 9:14 a.m. EST

— North Carolina authorities say a man on probation after pleading guilty to impersonating a doctor has struck again and vanished.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Thursday that Department of Correction spokesman Keith Acree said investigators think Daniel Ray Stewart, 24, has gone to Tennessee.

Police say Ray posed as a doctor at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville for about three weeks. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of practicing medicine without a license on Nov. 8 and was sentenced to a years' probation.

He is listed as an absconder from probation by the DOC.

Probation documents show Stewart told a taxi service on Thanksgiving Day that he was a doctor and needed a patient to be taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. The taxi operator became suspicious and didn't make the trip.

Probation officials think Stewart broke off the electronic ankle bracelet.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer