Atascadero businessman allegedly claimed to be a doctor
July 18, 2012
An Atascadero business owner is under a fraud investigation by the California Department of Consumer Affairs for allegedly claiming to be an audiologist. [KSBY]
A search warrant obtained by KSBY says that Aaron Marquis of Advanced Hearing Aid in Atascadero misrepresented himself as a doctor to his patients. He then allegedly used the title to fraudulently file insurance claims.
Authorities have not yet filed any charges against Marquis. However, state officials are investigating him for falsely advertising himself as an audiologist, charging patients under false pretenses, insurance fraud and grand theft.
Marquis contends that he has never advertised himself as a licensed audiologist or performed any procedures he was not licensed to perform. He blames his competitors for making false claims of wrongdoing.