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Veteran sues accused fake psychologist

STAFFORD (AP) A Virginia man and his nonprofit have filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit against a woman accused of posing as a psychologist to treat him, and more than 100 others.

The lawsuit was filed July 19 on behalf of Vernon Green Jr. and G3 Community Services against 42-year-old Sharonda L. Avery, 42, Aetna and two of Avery’s employers, The Free Lance-Star reported.

Avery faces 13 criminal charges including practicing psychology without a license. Investigators say Avery misdiagnosed patients and misprescribed medications while claiming to have two doctorates she didn’t receive.

The lawsuit says Green is a veteran who was referred to Avery in 2016 for post-traumatic stress disorder. Avery later worked for Green’s nonprofit where she’s accused of spending $13,000 of its funds on jewelry, hotels and more.

Avery’s criminal trial is set for December.

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