Since that time, the American Board of Internal Medicine has been busy tracking Mr. Lasko's whereabouts. Today, the Connecticut Attorney General's Office offered this press release verifying Mr. Lasko's identity and alias's used for his scam:
"Blumenthal's office has learned that an out-of-state individual known as Keith Alan Lasko -- who also uses the names K. Lasko, Keith Ferrari, K. Ferrari, and KA James Windsor -- has sold phony certifications to doctors in a variety of medical specialties in exchange for submitting only basic information and a substantial fee.Bottom line: buyer beware.
At least 130 more complaints have been reported, including at least one in Connecticut.
Lasko's alleged scheme particularly targets foreign-born or foreign-taught doctors who may be unaware of the proper certification process.
"Real and recognized medical board certifications require rigorous examination and education -- not simply payment for a piece of paper," Blumenthal said. "This scheme deceives patients and medical professionals, and endangers lives -- misleading consumers into believing that their physicians possess a level of expertise that they lack.
"This alleged con artist used false names -- for himself and for fictitious medical boards whose fake certificates he sold. Doctors face potential legal action if they misrepresent their credentials with phony certificates. These specialty-seeking doctors who paid substantial sums -- $500 or higher -- were typically foreign born or foreign educated, and now should know better."
I sincerely hope they catch this guy. After all, I've got some serious legal fees I need repaid.