Couple Poses as Fake Doctors

June 18th, 2009 by

My Fox Tampa Bay

WINTER HAVEN – Polk County detectives say they’ve arrested a Winter Haven couple for practicing medicine without a license.

Deputies say 68-year old Enrique Vela and his wife, 56-year old Ute Marquez operate the Alternative Therapy Center out of their home at 1502 Dundee Road.

Investigators with the Florida Department of Health say they got an anonymous complaint last year that Vela and his wife were making medical diagnoses and prescribing treatment and medicine using a machine called the “Asyra System.”

The makers of the device claim it measures energetic imbalances using a very small electric current.

The Food and Drug Administration has not approved the machine.

Some experts refer to the use of the machine as medical quackery.

Two undercover detectives went to Vela and Marquez’s home and say they were prescribed supplements and herbal remedies for non-existent medical conditions.

Deputies say a female detective was asked to strip down to her underwear on two separate occasions.

Detectives say Vela told her she had parasites in her intestines, inflammation and her body was full of toxins. He also allegedly warned she could die from the parasites if she didn’t get treatment.

“Understand… you hold the cylinder in one hand, they wet your hand and then they press a probe into this thumb and they can tell you have cat parasites. Well, meow you know? I mean, that’s bizarre. That’s absolutely bizarre,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

Detectives say he gave her medicine and charged her more than $300.

Deputies say Vela told another undercover detective he needed to see a radiologist and mentioned cancer.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office wants to hear from people who believe they were defrauded by the husband and wife team.

Deputies suggest they call the Florida Department of Health at (863) 873-4794.

One Response

  1. Jarrod

    Sounds like our local Amish “doctors”, “dentists”, and “vets”….maybe these two will scream religious freedom…..

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