A self-proclaimed neuropsychologist with no valid medical license spent six years treating troubled kids - and ordered their parents to pay with cash or electronic money transfers, the Brooklyn District Attorney charged Thursday.
A frail-looking Glenn Payne, who claimed bogus degrees from UCLA and phony affiliations with two New York hospitals, was ordered held on $100,000 bond at his Brooklyn Criminal Court arraignment on a 55-count indictment.
Co-defendant Vernette Tobierre served as his office manager and receptionist, informing potential patients that her boss did not accept any insurance and that they needed to pay in cash, according to a 29-page indictment.
“The goal of the conspiracy was to reap financial gain by devising and perpetrating a fraudulent scheme in which (Payne) practiced neuropsychology on kids, adolescents and adults," the indictment alleged. “Glenn Payne does not have the required licenses to practice psychology or medicine in New York State.”
Prosecutors said Payne stole more than $30,000 from his patients, although authorities believe the total is likely higher because of the cash payments. The indictment alleged patients were also instructed to make electronic payments to the defendants’ personal accounts.
Neuropsychology is a branch of clinical psychology focused on the relationship between behavior and brain function, and Payne was not licensed to treat patients in either New York or California.
Payne allegedly operated in three Brooklyn “medical offices,” with the main one based on Cadman Plaza West in Brooklyn. The sham doctor also made house calls at $400 a pop or conducted phone sessions with his patients, according to prosecutors.
Tobierre was responsible for collecting the payments between June 2012 and May 2018 for Payne’s practice, the Brooklyn Heights Office of Advanced Neurotherapy.
The typical Payne patient was a troubled child referred by a pediatrician or the faux physician’s friends in the medical field, authorities charged.
The “doctor” wrote the city Department of Probation four times on behalf of one juvenile patient under court-ordered probation, including a pair of “bio-psychsocial updates” in 2017, according to prosecutors.
The indictment also including a listing of 15 different occasions where the doctor collected electronic payments from patients sent directly to accounts linked to him or Tobierre.
The highest charge was grand larceny, while Payne also faces a dozen counts of unauthorized practice of a profession and 17 counts of unauthorized use of a professional title.