Police: medically unlicensed man performing medical services from home arrested
4:44 PM, Oct 22, 2012
4:08 PM, Oct 24, 2012
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
A man was arrested Sunday afternoon after it was discovered he was performing medical services from his home.
At about 11:50 a.m., officers with the Bakersfield Police Department were sent to a home in the 5700 block of Monitor Street regarding a suspicious circumstances report.
Officers said they saw several people waiting at the front of the home.
Officers said they spoke with the homeowner, Alberto Gonzalez 58, of Bakersfield, and learned he has been providing medical services for the last three months from his home.
Gonzalez claimed to be a licensed doctor from another country; however, he was unable to provide necessary documentation to show that he was licensed to practice medicine in the United States, officers said.
During the investigation, officers said they conducted a search of the home and found a medical examination table, several used syringes and prescription medications. Officers also found Gonzalez to be in possession of a reported stolen firearm.
Gonzalez was placed under arrest and taken to the Kern County Jail, where he was booked on cahrges of being in possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a controlled substance and furnishing a controlled substance.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending its final outcome.
The Bakersfield Police Department is encouraging anyone who may have received medical services from Gonzalez to seek out medical advice from a licensed practitioner.
Anyone with information regarding this case or who has received medical services from Gonzalez is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111 or Detective Vaughn Riddle at 396-3718.