Woman charged after allegedly providing unlicensed psychotherapy sessions in Whitby

A 32-year-old woman from Vaughan has been charged with several fraud-related offences after Durham Regional Police officers allege she provided unlicensed psychotherapy sessions in Whitby.

According to a statement issued by the police service Thursday afternoon, it’s believed the accused conducted 26 sessions under a false identity between May 31 and June 21.

Investigators said the suspect wasn’t certified by the Ontario College of Social Services and Social Service Workers to provide the sessions or mental health care.

Officers didn’t specify the clinic, but they said the accused — who was identified as Katayoon Masoumi Rad — may have provided services under the following names: Kathy Masoumi Rad, Kathy M. Guimond, Kathy Masoumirad Guimond, Kathy Mehranian or Kathy M. Rad.

The statement said Rad was charged with fraud under $5,000, personation to gain advantage, false pretences, forgery, uttering and/or using a forged document, breaching a peace bond as well as providing false representation contrary to Ontario’s Social Work and Social Service Work Act.

The allegations against the accused haven’t been proven in court.

The Ontario College of Social Services and Social Service Workers maintains a list of regulated professionals and provides a list of those not registered with the entity.

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