Ottawa man faces fraud charges after allegedly posing as a dentist

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An Ottawa man has been arrested after allegedly posing as a dentist, although police can only confirm he has worked as a dental assistant at two clinics in the city.

Police received a call from the National Dental Examining Board of Canada that someone was attempting to take dental exams with falsified credentials. In order to write the exams, applicants must have a degree from an accredited dental school.

The investigation revealed that the man accessed the university credentials of a real dentist in Minnesota and changed the name on those credentials to his own.

The man was working in different capacities at two different dental clinics in Ottawa, while portraying himself online as an accredited dentist.

“He tried to do the dental exam with fake transcripts from the University of Minnesota, so he did an identity theft,” said fraud detective Shaun Wahbeh with the Ottawa police.

Omar Anwar, 29, is charged with:

  • Three counts of uttering a forged document
  • Two counts of obtaining employment by false pretence
  • One count of personating a dentist
  • One count of possessing the identity documents of another

Read more at Ottawa Citizen

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.