(BROOKLYN, NYC.) JUST IN: A California man Glenn Payne was accused Thursday of masquerading as a state-licensed shrink in Brooklyn during a long-running scheme that defrauded at least a dozen patients during 2012 – 2018 — and even fooled the city Probation Department who didn’t immediately return a request for comment. #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Sept.26: Glenn Payne, 59, was charged in a 55-count indictment that says he scammed more than $30,000 while illegally practicing neuropsychology on children, adolescents and adults from June 2012 through May 2018: Payne didn’t accept insurance and instead charged patients between $60 and $250 a session, payable in cash, Chase QuickPay or electronic transfers, court papers say………..He ran the racket out of an office at 300 Cadman Plaza West in Brooklyn Heights, the Maple Medical office building in Prospect Leffert Gardens and the offices of the nonprofit Kings Against Violence Initiative at Kings County Hospital in East Flatbush, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.

He was allegedly assisted by his girlfriend and co-defendant, Vernette Tobierre, 46, who was busted in January: Tobierre served as the office manager, arranging appointments and collecting payments from patients, court papers say……………At the time, Payne and Tobierre lived in Glen Cove, Long Island, but have since moved to Los Angeles, records show.

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez said an investigation was continuing into their alleged crimes, which include scheme to defraud, grand larceny, unauthorised use of a professional title and endangering the welfare of a child: “It is unbelievable that someone would put patients, including children, at risk by pretending to be qualified to diagnose and treat them,” Gonzalez said.

Enlarge ImageGlenn Payne LinkedIn page fake doctorPayne touted fake credentials on his LinkedIn page, seen here, to dupe patients.LinkedIn: “The alleged conduct in this case is truly outrageous and potentially endangered vulnerable people.”

Payne’s patients included an unidentified “juvenile probationer” on whose behalf he repeatedly submitted paperwork “as proof of compliance with the terms of [the juvenile’s] court-ordered probation,” court papers say: The documents allegedly included a July, 25, 2016, “progress note” and two “bio-psychosocial updates” dated May 1 and August 14, 2017: On Nov. 17, 2017, Payne also allegedly sent a “return to work” form to the employer of another, unidentified patient who paid him a total $2,820 between September 2016 and April 2018……………….Payne “does not have the required licenses to practice psychology or medicine in New York State,” according to his indictment.

And while his LinkedIn profile claims that he a doctorate and Master of Public Health degree from UCLA and professional affiliations with Kings County Hospital and SUNY Downstate Hospital, none of that is true, court papers say.

Payne was ordered held on $100,000 bond or $50,000 cash bail pending a hearing in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Oct. 30, the DA’s Office said: Tobierre, who was released without bail following her January 14 arrest, is next due in court on Oct. 25.

The Probation Department didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

#AceNewsDesk reports ……………..Published: Sept.26: 2019: New York Post Additional reporting by Ruth Weissmann

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