Originally created 10/07/04

Man arrested for posing as doctor



DALLAS - A man arrested for allegedly posing as a doctor offered free gynecological services and set up an office in a self-storage complex, authorities said.

The room looked like a real medical office, with numerous pieces of medical equipment, said Bridget Eyler, an assistant district attorney for Dallas County. Three women who reported their visits to the man's office were reluctant to discuss details, the prosecutor's office said.

Thomas Patrick Remo, 50, remained in custody Wednesday in lieu of $7,500 bond on three counts of practicing medicine without a license. He used the names Dr. Jim Patrick and Dr. Brian Jones and his office was in Cedar Hill, Eyler said.

Responding to the advertisement for free medical care, an investigator posed as a patient and used a button camera to film an office visit. During the visit, Remo wore white pants and a white scrub shirt, and had a stethoscope around his neck. He allegedly told the undercover investigator that he obtained his medical education in Arizona.

Practicing medicine without a license is punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.