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Attorney General Stops Unlawful Activities Of 'Con Artist' Who Impersonated Licensed Professionals

April 30, 2000

Attorney General Hardy Myers today stopped the unlawful activities of a "con artist," whose history includes impersonating professionals from dieticians to pest exterminators. Named in an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance (AVC) filed today in Marion County Circuit Court is Harold Michael Rose (AKA Mike Rose) of Lake Oswego.

According to Department of Justice investigators, defendant Rose for the last several years has provided nutritional counseling at a number of fitness clubs throughout California and in Oregon at Rivers Edge Athletic Club, "Body Designs", both in Lake Oswego, and Courtsports Athletic Club in Eugene.

Rose claimed to have a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Sports Nutrition and maintained that he was a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a licensed Dietitian in California and Oregon. In fact, he had no degree and no licenses and for at least part of the time he was masquerading as a Dietician, he was living in a Clackamas County "Half Way House," due to earlier federal law violations.

"This case points out the importance of verifying credentials when contracting for professional services," Myers said. "More than 100 Oregon consumers paid hundreds of dollars to receive nutritional counseling from Rose under the false belief that he was educated and licensed."

In a referral to the Department of Justice by the State Board of Examiners of Licensed Dietitians, the Board reported four complaints concerning Rose's activities. During the investigation, 110 more victims were identified as having paid from $200-$400 each for "so-called" nutritional counseling from Rose. Clackamas County Corrections assisted in the case by forcing Rose to close "Body Designs" and seek different employment.

Under the Assurance, Rose is required to permanently cease any business activities relating in any way to nutritional counseling and not engage in any profession requiring degrees and/or licensing without first obtaining them.

Rose must pay any penalties assessed by the Board of Licensed Dietitians and reimburse the Board $3,000 for legal costs associated with his conduct.

Rose also will pay the Department of Justice $l,500 for the Consumer Protection and Education fund. Failure by Rose to comply with any of the requirements in the AVC will result in an additional $23,500 added to the total owed.

Consumers wanting information about consumer topics may call the Attorney General's consumer hotline at (503) 378-4320 (Salem area only), (503) 229-5576 (Portland area only) or toll-free at 1-877-877-9392. The Department of Justice is online at www.doj.state.or.us.

The entire Oregon Licensed Occupations Guide provided by the Oregon Employment Department is online at www.olmis.org.

Contact:

Jan Margosian, (503) 947-4333 (media line only) jan.margosian@doj.state.or.us |
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