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MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO POSING AS DOCTOR

A "serial impostor" who allegedly posed as an Army Reserve colonel to gain access to the TWA Flight 800 crash site said he has posed as a doctor on other occasions.

David Williams, 30, of Bay Shore, pleaded guilty in Suffolk County Court on Tuesday to one count of unauthorized practice of a profession, said state Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco. Williams faces six months in jail, five years' probation and counseling, and must give up his car.

Williams worked for the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk County in 1995 and 1996 as a program manager and liaison with the state's Office of Mental Retardation. Acting as a doctor, he approved $85,000 worth of services for disabled Medicaid patients, Vacco said.

The office began questioning his background after learning that Williams was kicked out of the Flight 800 command operation after claiming to be an Army Reserve lieutenant colonel.

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