CRIME

Prosecutors: New York City man posed as doctor, treated more than 100 patients in his basement

In this undated photo provided by the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office in the Staten Island borough of New York, Donald Lee-Edwards is shown. On Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, the district attorney’s office said that Lee-Edwards, who never had a medical license and previously worked as flight attendant, has been charged with posing as a doctor and treating more than 100 patients without a license. (Richmond County District Attorney’s Office via AP)

In this undated photo provided by the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office in the Staten Island borough of New York, Donald Lee-Edwards is shown. On Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, the district attorney’s office said that Lee-Edwards, who never had a medical license and previously worked as flight attendant, has been charged with posing as a doctor and treating more than 100 patients without a license. (Richmond County District Attorney’s Office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A New York City man accused of posing as a doctor and treating more than 100 patients without a license has been arrested.

Prosecutors allege 43-year-old Donald Lee-Edwards posed as a clinical psychologist in a makeshift office in the basement of his Staten Island home. They say he prescribed antidepressants, sometimes calling pharmacies himself to avoid the need for a state-issued prescription pad.

Detectives launched an investigation when patients reported their suspicions that he may not be licensed.

Lee-Edwards pleaded not guilty Thursday on criminal impersonation, fraud, drug possession and other charges.

Acting Richmond County District Attorney Daniel Master says Lee-Edwards never had a medical license and previously worked as flight attendant. He called him a "dangerous scam artist."

His attorney says there is no evidence Lee-Edwards harmed anyone. He says he was just trying to help people in the community.