Saturday, May 5, 2007

Ex-Stripper Convicted of Fraud For Posing as a Psychologist

A former Boston-area stripper who entertained under the name Princess Cheyenne in the infamous Combat Zone in the 1980s was convicted in Massachusetts state court on fraud and larceny charges for treating patients for seven years at a clinic while purporting to be a licensed psychologist with a Ph.D.  According to a Boston Globe story (here), the defendant argued that she never claimed to any patients to be licensed as a psychologist, and she believed that she'd earned her degree even though she withdrew from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology without receiving a doctorate despite taking classes for five years.  She eventually received a Ph.D. from a Dominica-based university through on-line courses that turned out to be bogus. The jury convicted her on 19 of the 25 counts charges.  No word on what type of therapy she practiced on her patients, although I suspect that praciting for seven years means there were a number of successes during that time. (ph)

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