Fake Celtic scout also ‘posed as renowned doctor after buying £60 qualification’

Anthony Adams, who has admitted in court to pretending to be a Celtic football scout, has also been passing himself off as a renowned doctor who has seen him gain entry to the Royal Society for Arts

Anthony Adams, 28, falsely claimed to be a Celtic football scout and also pretended to be a doctor

A Walter Mitty style conman who falsely claimed to be a Celtic football scout has also been passing himself off as a doctor and gained entry to the Royal Society for Arts.

Anthony Adams, 28, bought a worthless honorary doctorate for $79 (£60) online but bragged about being recognized by the University of California for humanitarian work in Africa.

He is claimed to have officially changed his name to Dr Anthony Brennan and signed up for the academia.edu website, which gathers the achievements of bona-fide academics.

On the website, Adams passed off award-winning work by world-famous US scientist Professor Anthony Brennan as his own.

It comes as Adams admitted to Ayr Sheriff Court that he pretended to be a Celtic scout and is due to be sentenced next week, reports the Daily Record.

Now it appears as though Adams has had other fanciful claims and dreamt up wild alter egos.

He is due to be sentenced next week


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He has made a big deal of his fellowship of the RSA, which seeks members whose work furthers the good of mankind and has included Sir David Attenborough, Nelson Mandela and Stephen Hawking.

But he reportedly used his other fake credentials to meet the fellowship conditions.

Adams has admitted paying £15-a-month membership fees but claims someone else nominated him.

One woman claimed she ordered medical supplies from Adams which she needed for her diabetic son but he failed to send the equipment, it is reported.

The source, a nurse, told the Daily Record: “My partner and I got very agitated by the behavior of this man and we scratched away at his background and found he had gone from Anthony Adams to Dr Anthony Brennan.

“He said he was a doctor and there was no question that he meant a medical doctor. He seems to be a bit pathetic but there is a sinister side to him.”

Adams repaid the £170 only after police were called in.

He said his honorary degree from the California Church and University Institute arrived by post because information about his humanitarian work in Ghana had reached the US.

“I have never passed myself off to be a doctor. I do, however, have an honorary title of doctor as I was given an honorary doctorate in alternative health from the CCUI,” he claimed.

“This was around the same time I was nominated for FRSA Fellowship to the Royal Society of Arts due to my volunteering work in my community and abroad, mostly Ghana.

“The honorary degree just came through the post. So I just assumed it was awarded to me for the same reason as why I was given Fellowship to the RSA.”

It is understood Adams did carry out volunteer work in Ghana several years ago.

On academia.edu Adams, while posing as Dr Brennan, boasted: “Having worked in the NHS for numerous years, I opted into pre-hospital care to assimilate how medicine works in a more fast paced environment.”

He has changed his name at firms registered with Companies House, like Ayrshire Complementary Therapy Ltd, to Dr Anthony Brennan, claiming to be a health practitioner.

On the website of the North Ayrshire Community Resilience Group, a notice refers to Dr Anthony Adams FRSA, saying: “Anthony was recently awarded a Fellowship from the Royal Society of the Arts and an Honorary Doctorate in Alternate Health for his work.”

It says the doctorate was awarded by the University of California.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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