Partnership Policing Communications Coordinator (PIO)
Desk Phone: 941-954-7094
Man Providing Counseling/Therapy Services under False Pretenses Arrested in Sarasota
Phillip Stutzman, 43, of Lakewood Ranch, has been arrested and is facing three felony charges of Unlicensed Practice of a Healthcare Professional. Three different female victims have come forward. Sarasota Police detectives believe there are additional victims.
According to the three victims, Phillip Stutzman, also known as Dr. Phillip Nikao, had been providing counseling/therapy services under false pretenses, misrepresentations and without a license between October 2016 and January 2019.
Stutzman claimed to have a master’s degree in Neuroscience and a Doctorate in Psychology that he obtained online. Since 2016, Stutzman was providing services for individuals who had been sexually abused and for individuals with weight and anxiety problems.
Detectives contacted the Florida Department of Health and spoke with their investigators who did not find any valid licenses for Stutzman or the last name of Nikao. Detectives also contacted the university Stutzman claimed his degrees were from and learned the degrees were falsified.
Stutzman was arrested on Thursday, June 20, 2019 and has since bonded out of jail. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Detective Ross Revill at 941-954-7092 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com
Phillip Stutzman, 43, of Lakewood Ranch, has been arrested and is facing three felony charges of Unlicensed Practice of a Healthcare Professional.