Fayetteville man accused of stealing doctor's identity


Wright Gillies, 60, is charged in arrest warrants with the sheriff's department, not the police. Gillies was told to check with sheriff's deputies. At last report, those charges are still pending.

As he walked into police headquarters, Gillies was visibly distraught, but had no comment.

Shonda Hooper was shocked by the allegations. The Robeson County resident said a family member referred her to Gillies' medical clinic.

"Cause I just got a cold. I don't get sick, that much, and the only reason I came is because you can like make a donation, and I don't have insurance," said Hooper.

Sheriff's investigators say Gillies's medical clinic was a cash-only business. City and county narcotics officers closed the bogus Cumberland Street clinic Wednesday and issued warrants for Gillies' arrest.

"He was writing prescriptions, from what I understand, and giving some drugs there which includes flu shots," said Cumberland County Sheriff's Department Spokeswoman Debbie Tanna. "This person, according to our investigation, he holds no type of medical license or DEA authorization that would allow him to dispense any kind of drugs."

Agents say Gillies stole another doctor's identity, and used it to write prescriptions and treat patients. He now faces numerous charges, including practicing medicine without a license, identity theft, and trafficking controlled narcotics.

Hooper said none of her relatives who referred her to the clinic suffered any ill effects from Gillies' treatment or prescriptions.

There's no word from the sheriff's department on when their warrants will be served. A sheriff's department spokesperson says they began their investigation late last year after getting a tip that Gillies was writing bogus prescriptions.

Deputies say there could be more arrest, and additional charges.

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