Story By: Basant Essam, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
An Egyptian con artist who convinced celebrities he was the country’s best physiotherapist despite having no real qualifications has been arrested for endangering the lives of his celebrity patients.
Youssef Khairy Abdel Rahim, whose age was not stated, was arrested after an investigation revealed that he had treated countless celebrities who came to him for treatment not knowing that he had made up all of his credentials.
Rahim, who liked to identify himself as the ‘Human Mechanic’ regularly posted videos on YouTube and Instagram of him treating various Egyptian celebrities.
He used the videos as a marketing ploy, writing the address of his clinic, his phone number and working hours in the description of the clips.
The videos racked up a huge number of views and likes with a compilation video of him treating various celebrities being viewed 732,475 times.
The popularity of his YouTube channel even earned the suspected fraudster a YouTube Silver award given to influencers who surpass 100,000 subscribers.
On his Instagram page, which has 263,000 followers, he claims to have a Master Degree in Chiropractics.
His Instagram videos were watched by 100,000s of Netizens who posted countless comments commending him on his work and begging him to work on their backs and necks.
With his social media accounts booming business was looking good for Rahim until the ‘Physiotherapy Syndicate’ accused him of never graduating from a physiotherapy school and lacking any medical credentials.
Khairy Abdel Rahim, Rahim’s father, came to his son’s defence and told local media sources that his son had completed a sports rehabilitation course and was fully licensed to treat patients.
An investigation into Rahim was launched by local authorities who found that he had committed fraud by creating fake I.D cards and he had therefore practised physiotherapy without a licence.
Rahim was arrested and remanded in custody for 15 days while the investigation is ongoing.