Wisconsin Man Who Posed as Doctor Prescribed Medicine, Gave Injections to Unsuspecting Patients

Kyle Larsen
Kyle Larsen, 32, was accused of posing as a doctor and prescribing medication to patients. Larsen has been held at the Outagamie County Jail since November 28. Appleton Police Department

A Wisconsin man was accused of posing as a doctor and giving medications to unsuspecting patients.

Kyle Larsen, 32, allegedly ran Medical Psychology of Wisconsin and had "significant" contact with patients with mental health diagnoses, prosecutors said. Larsen even gave a patient what he claimed was a flu shot, the Appleton Post-Crescent reported.

"He treated a number of different patients, according to the allegations in the criminal complaint, including giving someone what was reportedly a flu shot but unknown what was ultimately injected," Outagamie County District Attorney Melinda Tempelis said during a court hearing on Wednesday.

Larsen also gave patients other medications which were not identified, Tempelis added. She said that some patients had taken all of the medications "so there's nothing left, thereby potentially endangering their safety."

According to the criminal complaint, Larsen led people to believe he was a doctor by presenting himself as Dr. Kyle Ellis and heard their personal medical information.

One woman claimed she disclosed her history with depression and anxiety and told Larsen what medications she was taking. Larsen allegedly told the woman to change her depression medications and claimed he could help her do that. He offered to write her a Ritalin prescription but she did not accept the offer, the Appleton Post-Crescent reported.

In September, Larsen told the woman he would have a Ritalin prescription with 30 pills in a lock box outside the business for her. She told investigators that she took 11 until she told her psychologist about it.

Larsen told another woman, who has schizophrenia, that he was a doctor of neuropsychology and pain management. The woman saw Larsen in October and November primarily for verbal therapy, but she said he claimed he could use a machine for treatment on her brain.

The woman said he gave her what he said was a flu shot as well as a container of red drops and other medications. She said the shot did not make her feel weird.

Larsen also prescribed what was believed to be amoxicillin to a patient for a tick bite. He told investigators that the Ritalin and amoxicillin he prescribed had belonged to him but he had placed them in different bottles and labeled them.

He told investigators that he was a licensed practical nurse but that he was forced to resign from his job after being arrested for theft. Larsen said he planned to open the company and bring on a real doctor.

"He stated he had a hard time getting started, which led him to do stupid things," the complaint said.

Larsen, from Appleton, Wisconsin, was charged with six counts of theft through false representation, delivery of a prescription drug, distribution of a controlled substance, maintaining a drug trafficking place, four counts of practicing medicine or surgery without a license, three counts of practicing pharmacy without a license and two counts of unlicensed practice of psychology.

Outagamie County Court Commissioner Brian Figy called Larsen's alleged actions a "prescription for disaster" and ordered him held on a $200,000 cash bond. He has been held at the Outagamie County Jail since November 28, according to jail records.

Larsen was scheduled back in court for a preliminary hearing on December 12.