FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Case # 18CF2440
Date: August 29, 2018
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A former UCI student was charged yesterday with providing medical diagnosis while impersonating a doctor.
Defendant: Ariya Ouskouian, 23, Irvine
Charged on Aug. 28, 2018 with the following counts:
- Providing medical diagnosis while impersonating a doctor
- (8) Misrepresenting oneself as a licensed medical practitioner
Maximum Sentence: Three years in state prison and eight years in Orange County Jail
Circumstances of the Case
On May 3, 2018, the defendant is accused of impersonating a doctor and diagnosing John Doe about a growth on his neck at a consult room at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).
On at least seven different occasions between April 23, 2018 and June 4, 2018, Ouskouian is accused of impersonating a doctor at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC).
The defendant is accused of misrepresenting himself as a doctor to CHOC security personnel and gaining access to restricted floors of the hospital.
Ouskouian is accused of claiming to have lost his hospital badge and requesting a temporary one be issued on each of these occasions.
When hospital staff became suspicious of the defendant and requested verification of his doctor status, Ouskouian is accused of providing the name of a UCI personnel.
The defendant is further accused of convincing the UCI personnel of his alleged doctor status. The UCI personnel then verified Ouskouian to CHOC.
CHOC reported the incident to the Orange Police Department (OPD), who investigated this case.
Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Claudia Alvarez, Special Prosecutions Unit