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Steinbach man accused of impersonating doctor

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This is definitely not what the doctor ordered.

Police say a 66-year-old Steinbach man who claimed to be a doctor – seeing patients and prescribing medication – is facing 14 charges of fraud and one charge of assault.

Steinbach RCMP laid the charges on Wednesday, following an investigation triggered by a complainant who had concerns about Leslie Colmer after seeing him for what was believed to be a doctor’s appointment.

Police say during the investigation it was discovered that Colmer did not have a medical licence, but he saw and treated patients in Steinbach, Winnipeg, Selkirk and surrounding rural areas. Police believe there are more potential victims in the Winnipeg, Steinbach, Selkirk, Brandon and Beausejour areas.
 
Colmer remains in custody and a court date is still pending.
 
Steinbach RCMP was assisted in the investigation by RCMP Winnipeg Major Crimes Unit, D Division Federal, Serious and Organized Crime Unit, Winnipeg Commercial Crime Section, and Selkirk RCMP, as well as the Ontario Provincial Police.
 
The investigation is ongoing. Further charges may be considered.
 
If you have any information, please call the Steinbach RCMP tip line at 204-320-8229 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text "TIPMAN" plus your message to CRIMES (274637).
 

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