SARASOTA, Fla. -- July 21, 2017 -- 11:30 a.m.
On July 18, 2017, the Sarasota Police Department Narcotics Unit and Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at 1819 Main Street, Suite 401 & 402, Sarasota. Suite 401 is Diagnostic Center for Disease and Suite 402 is High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Centers of America. These are the medical offices of Ronald E. Wheeler. Video of the search warrant can be seen at https://youtu.be/OdH_7nXKlrQ
A link to this morning’s news conference can be seen on the Sarasota Police Department Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SarasotaPoliceDepartment/videos/1531626313543507/
Wheeler, 70 (DOB 2-19-1947), of 888 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, was arrested on July 20, 2017 at his office and was charged with Unlicensed Practice of Health Care Profession (Doctor). Sarasota Police Officers went undercover to Wheeler’s office. While Officers were there, they visited with Wheeler as a patient. Wheeler told them the office visit was $3,445. In addition, Wheeler also discussed a treatment plan that started at $50,000. Wheeler never mentioned his license to practice medicine was revoked.
The investigation into Wheeler’s practice began due to an anonymous complaint to the Department of Health. The anonymous complaint was Wheeler was seeing patients despite having his medical license revoked. Wheeler’s medical license was revoked by Florida Department of Health on April 20, 2017. The search warrant conducted on July 18 2017 was to determine if Wheeler had been seeing patients since his medical license was revoked.
There have been numerous public complaints to the Florida Department of Health regarding Wheeler. They can be found online at https://appsmqa.doh.state.fl.us/MQASearchServices/HealthCareProviders/LicenseVerification?LicInd=38368&ProCde=1501&org=%20
As a result of the search warrant, Detectives seized substantial number of patient files. Due to the ongoing investigation, additional charges are expected. A notice (photo attached with PCA) has been placed at 1819 Main St., Suite #401 & #402 stating all records that were seized have been placed in a secure location at the Sarasota Police Department. If any patient is in need of copies of their medical records, they may contact Detective Doug Vollmer Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Due to the nature of this case, Detectives do believe Wheeler continued to see patients following his medical license being revoked on April 20, 2017. If you were a patient and had contact with Wheeler on or after April 20, 2017, contact Detective Doug Vollmer at 941-954-7080. The investigation remains ongoing.
Florida Department of Health Media Information Contact: Devin Galetta at 850-245-4377 (office) or (850) 528-8881 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org