A 67-year-old San Francisco man who masqueraded as a medical doctor, subjecting patients to dangerous medical procedures, and scamming dozens of victims out of more than $150,000, was sentenced Monday to six years in prison.
Prosecutors accused Timothy “Dr. Syed” Andersson – who represented himself as a dermatologist and falsely claimed he worked at the University of California at San Francisco and Stanford University, but was actually not licensed to practice medicine at all in the United States – of preying on The City’s South Asian community. He was known for advertising on Indian radio stations and the Internet.
Andersson was accused of repeatedly using syringes to draw blood from a female patient’s legs to treat varicose veins, injecting patients with unknown substances, and falsely diagnosing patients, including a two-and-a-half-year-old child, with cancer. He charged thousands for the procedures. He was arrested in 2010.
In June, Andersson pleaded guilty to 64 felony counts, including perjury, grand theft, forgery and practicing medicine without a license.
Judge James Collins Monday sentenced him to six years in state prison and ordered restitution be made to the victims.