Tucson man accused of impersonating a doctor

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A Tucson man was arrested last week on charges of criminal impersonation and providing false information to an officer, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Joshua Abeyta, also known as Dr. Anthony Pena, identified himself as a physician to a DPS highway patrol officer after he asked the officer for directions to a hospital in Coolidge.

Abeyta wore scrubs and a stethoscope, but the officer became suspicious since there is no hospital in Coolidge.

Abeyta claimed to work at the VA hospital in Tucson and do orthopedic surgery at Scottsdale Hospital.

The officer searched his vehicle, registered under his girlfriend in Tucson, and found bags containing various pills, a bag of medical equipment, and narcotic drugs prescribed to someone else according to DPS.

VA Hospital security in Tucson had been trying to locate Abeyta after they caught him in a secure area trying to pass as an orthopedic surgeon. He had a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest and a suspended driver’s license.

Abeyta's girlfriend believed he was a physician and said he gave friends pain medication when they were ill.

Abeyta admitted that he was formerly employed at a copper mine.

If you have come into contact with "Dr. Anthony Pena," please call DPS at (602) 223-2212.