COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man who authorities said used a stolen identity to get more than $400,000 in medical treatment from an Ohio State University hospital has been sentenced to three years prison.
Kenneth A. Marshall, 41, posed as a South Carolina man for five years in seeking care from Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center and its clinics, authorities said.
Marshall said he did it to get better care for his ailments, which he said includes multiple sclerosis, according to The Columbus Dispatch. He was sentenced Thursday in Columbus.
Marshall said that when he went to a hospital as himself, “They would just give me a few pills and discharge me.”
“I just said, ‘I’ll try something else,’ and I did,” he said. “It seemed like they really started doing stuff and came up with a diagnosis.”
But even his attorney said the crime didn’t make much sense. His public defender, Mitchell Williams, noted that Marshall probably could have gotten medical care at Wexner or some other hospital with his own identity.
A presentencing investigation found that between 1990 and 2008, Marshall had been arrested and charged with at least six counts of forgery, along with other crimes. The investigative said he “has made a career out of obtaining and/or using fraudulent documents and information due to his numerous forgery and theft offenses.”
The man whose identity Marshall assumed lost driving privileges in South Carolina and faced charges in Ohio’s Hamilton County because of driving offenses that Marshall committed using his license.
Marshall got the maximum sentence possible for his crimes.