Living a Lie for 15 Years

By: Sonia Randev
By: Sonia Randev

A Virginia man has spent the last decade and a half pretending to be a medical physicist and radiation safety officer, even working here in the Valley. He went as far as performing mammograms on some women.

Thirty-eight charges of fraud. That's what Perry Beale of Fredricksburg is now facing after spending years lying about being a medical physicist and radiation safety officer.

"We've determined that he falsified his college transcript. He falsified that he attended the University of Virginia and got a masters degree there. All of that was a fraud," says John Brownless, US Attorney.

And, Virginia wasn't the only state. Attorney's say he practiced in four other states, including the District of Columbia. Beale worked at Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal and Page Memorial Hospital in Luray, along with 50 other hospitals on the east coast.

“I would presume there are thousands and thousands of patients, it’s a pretty broad group.”

Things finally went south for Beale when the U.S. nuclear regulatory commission started questioning some of his work. Beale plans on pleading guilty to all the charges. He has been release on $25,000 bond.


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