Fake News: Chicago Man Did NOT Pose as Doctor, Did NOT Perform Colonoscopies, Genital Exams on Patients

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: Chicago Man Did NOT Pose as Doctor, Did NOT Perform Colonoscopies, Genital Exams on Patients

Was a man named Eduardo H. Gomez in Chicago posing as a doctor and performing colonoscopies and genital exams on people? No, that's not true: the story was invented by a website that makes up tales about weird crimes and bizarre sex act for entertainment purposes. It is not real.

The story originated from an article published by World News Daily Report on August 21, 2018 titled "Chicago man who posed as doctor performed colonoscopies, genital exams on patients" (archived here) which opened:

Chicago, IL | A Chicago man who authorities say impersonated a doctor has been arrested and now faces charges of fraud and sexual assault.

According to the official police report, Eduardo H. Gomez, 49, disguised himself as a doctor and performed colonoscopies and genital examinations on unsuspecting patients.

Gomez apparently wore a white lab coat and a stethoscope and approached patients in various hospitals of the region.

On social media the story looked like a regular news article:

Chicago man who posed as doctor performed colonoscopies, genital exams on patients

Chicago, IL | A Chicago man who authorities say impersonated a doctor has been arrested and now faces charges of fraud and sexual assault. According to the official police report, Eduardo H. Gomez, 49, disguised himself as a doctor and performed colonoscopies and genital examinations on unsuspectin

This is one of the few cases where reality is even stranger than the hoax: the picture used to illustrate the story actually shows Christopher Pagano, nicknamed "The Swiss Cheese Pervert" according to news reports:

'Swiss Cheese Pervert' pleads guilty to flashing women with cheese

Christopher Pagano, 42, pleaded guilty to various charges after flashing women while holding Swiss cheese Pagano, dubbed the Swiss Cheese Pervert, approached women while driving his car with his genitals exposed, holding a slice of cheese Four women were victims of Pagano, and two captured photos or videos of him

Surely that's a better story than a fake doctor?

Anyway, the website World News Daily Report is a well known satire website specialized in posting hoaxes and made up stories. The disclaimer on their website is pretty clear about that even though you have to scroll all the way down the page to find it:

World News Daily Report assumes all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website - even those based on real people - are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any person, living, dead or undead, is purely a miracle.

It is run by Janick Murray-Hall and Olivier Legault, who also run the satirical Journal de Mourréal, a satirical site spoofing the (real) Journal de Montéal. Very often their stories feature an image showing a random crazy mugshot found in a mugshot gallery on the internet or on a stock photo website superimposed over a background of flashing police lights or crime scene tape.

Articles from the site are frequently copied (sometimes even months or years later) by varous fake news websites that omit the satire disclaimer and present the information as real.

We wrote about worldnewsdailyreport.com before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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