A pair of different medical impostors exposed in separate ABC15 undercover investigations share one unique connection: Groupon.
The impostors both lured their victims using deals posted on the company’s online marketplace.
The cases highlight the need for consumers to research and investigate businesses themselves because the company states that it doesn’t assume the responsibility.
This week, an undercover ABC15 investigation exposed that an impostor named Ondranique Walls was illegally providing skin injections without a license under the identity of another nurse.
Walls owned a company called Adore Skin and Body Contouring. The business had multiple deals listed on Groupon.com.
The situation with Walls is similar to another undercover ABC15 investigation last year.
In January 2017, reporters uncovered that a man named Craig Scherf was posing as a doctor and offering a long list of medical and cosmetic services.
Scherf’s business, My MD Clinic, also advertised on Groupon. ABC15 spoke to many victims who purchased Scherf’s illegal services through the website.
Groupon did not return a request for comment.
But in the company’s terms of service, it says, “Groupon does not verify, validate, or collect evidence of any regulatory authorization, license, or certification…You should make whatever investigation you deem necessary.”
[Editor’s note: ABC15 Investigator Dave Biscobing has spent the past year investigating impostor health professionals. He’s finalizing a major project that will broadcast/publish in the coming weeks. Anyone with information about an impostor health professional can contact Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org ]