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Former UC Irvine Student Who Impersonated Doctor Pleads Guilty

A former UC Irvine student who posed as a doctor pleaded guilty Wednesday and was immediately sentenced to a year in jail and ordered to perform 150 hours of community service.

Ariya Ouskouian, 23, of Irvine, was also be placed on five years of informal probation, according to court records.

He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of unauthorized practice of medicine. As part of the plea deal, eight other misdemeanor counts of misrepresenting himself as a doctor and a felony count of burglary were dismissed.

Ouskouian posed as a doctor and diagnosed a patient about a growth on his neck in a consult room at UCI on May 3 last year, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said he also impersonated a doctor at Children's Hospital of Orange County on at least seven occasions between April 23 and June 4 of last year, additionally misrepresenting himself as a doctor to CHOC security and accessing restricted floors.

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