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Oct 28, 2013 8:10 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News

Man who falsely claimed to be an audiologist pleads guilty to felony theft and fraud

A major development in the case of two people accused of running an audiology business without a license. A Central Coast man who falsely claimed to be an audiologist and his wife both pled guilty to two charges Monday.

Aaron Marquis and his wife Anja both pled to one charge of felony grand theft and one charge of felony insurance fraud. They've been ordered to cease any operation of their hearing aid business in San Luis Obispo. As part of their plea bargain with the prosecution, they are no longer allowed to bill insurance companies for any type of business.

The couple has been in San Luis Obispo County jail for nearly a week after they failed to show up to a court last week.

Aaron Marquis faces a year in jail followed by 5 years probation. According to the plea, if he violates any conditions of the probation he could find himself back behind bars for another seven years. His wife Anja is being credited for time served. However, she will be under the same probation conditions.

Both are being held on one million dollar bond.

Court documents show they knowingly misled patients into believing he was an audiologist with Advanced Hearing Aid center in San Luis Obispo. The couple will be sentenced on November 25th.

Marquise and his wife each originally faced 13 charges of grand theft and insurance fraud. But eleven of the charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

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