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March 31, 2017

Report: South Jersey man posed as licensed psychologist while seeing patients

According to reports, Ronnie P. Erricson didn't hold degrees or licenses in psychology

A New Jersey man has been arrested after he allegedly pretended to be a licensed psychologist while seeing both adults and children as patients.

According to The Press of Atlantic City, Ronnie P. Erricson, 49, of Cape May Court House in Cape May County, New Jersey, was arrested on Thursday following an investigation by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.

Erricson was charged with practicing without a psychology license, endangering the welfare of a child and falsifying records, the Press reports. He was released from custody pending a court date.

According to the Press, the investigation revealed that Erricson was not licensed as a psychologist and did not have a doctorate degree in psychology, both of which he allegedly claimed he had, authorities said. It is not immediately clear how long Erricson saw patients out of his home.

The investigation did, however, reveal that Erricson held an expired practical nurse license, which is a position that serves under the supervision of a registered nurse by performing basic care needs. His practical nurse license expired in 2004.

Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor told the Press that Erricson could face as many as 11 years in state prison if convicted on all the charges.

Read the full report at The Press of Atlantic City.