A man posing as a Nurse Practitioner at the City Impact Clinic in the Tenderloin was arrested in Florida earlier this month on charges of forgery and identity theft.
According to a news release sent out by the District Attorney’s office, Chad Brian Litz worked as an unpaid volunteer at the clinic, securing the position after forging a certificate from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. While he was volunteering he treated at least 28 patients with very little supervision, at least two of whom he prescribed medicine.
District Attorney George Gascón released a statement about the case Thursday. “We trust our medical professionals with our health and well-being,” he said. “Those illegally practicing medicine can cause serious harm and undermine the trust patients put in these professionals.”
According to the DA’s office, Litz’s forgery was discovered four months into his stint by clinic volunteers, after they noticed he had no medical training or experience.
In a Hollywood-style twist, Litz is said to have been arrested as he was disembarking a cruise in Tampa, Florida. A Twitter account under the name Chad Litz discloses that he may have been on a Holland America Line, where he claims he was overcharged by the spa services on board.
Litz pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing Thursday and remains in custody with a $65,000 bail. His next hearing will take place on April 11.
In the meantime, investigator Andrea Todd at the Department of Consumer Affairs is looking for any patients Litz may have treated while volunteering at the City Impact Clinic at 232 Jones St. If you or someone you know were patients of his, you can contact Todd at (510) 888-7072.