She was playing with the lives of others in the midst of a deadly pandemic. A 31-year-old woman is due to appear in court in Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine) this week after performing scandalous Covid-19 tests last spring.
In April and May 2020, the thirty, who were visibly used to fraud, had gone under a pseudonym for a doctor and had operated on false screening tests using a device that detected diabetes, says Le Parisien (paid link).
70 euro test
“She scraped the back of our neck with a spatula and placed everything in a machine,” explains one of the victims of Ile-de-France daily. When the result fell, the alleged practitioner connected his patient cards to boxes and took 70 euros from the bank account.
But more than the financial damage, it is the health risk that today rebels against the complainants.
One of them had called the forger in an emergency situation after his father was hospitalized. When the latter died a few days later, he had taken the time to take a new laboratory test, which was positive. “In the meantime, I may have infected people, I kept going to work,” he plagued.
Capturing one of these patients, the usurper is accused of “fraud with the use of false medical ability”. The cases of six people from Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine) gave him this prosecution, but the fake doctor would not be his first attempt.
Under other pseudonyms, the young woman would actually have delayed medical treatment of a young girl in Montpellier in the winter of 2019, before stealing medical equipment during a demonstration in Toulouse the following spring by posing as a “street medicine”.