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A 53-year-old man from Dearborn Heights, Mich., who masqueraded as a hospital physician through much of the first decade of this century pleaded guilty Tuesday before Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretney to health care fraud. U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said Fitzgerald Anthony Hudson faces a prison term of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced Sept. 9.

Hudson dropped out of York University in Ontario in 1990 without getting an undergraduate degree and after a little medical school training in the West Indies got a job in the Warren Hospital Family Practice Residency Program in Phillipsburg, N.J., from July 2002 thrugh July 2003, when he was dismissed from the program.

He worked in the Emergency Department at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg from February 2008 to June 2008 and worked in the Jones Memorial Hospital Emergency Medicine program in Wellsville from August 2008 to November 2009, during which time a 5-year-old boy died after being treated by him, a situation now part of an ongoing wrongful death civil lawsuit.

Speaking of Hudson, the U.S. attorney stressed that “each and every day, millions of Americans entrust their health to the care of trained medical professionals. By misrepresenting his background and education, this defendant put in danger the lives of those who came to him seeking emergency care. This office will continue to vigorously prosecute all fraud, particularly where such crime affects that which is most precious to us all – our health.”

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