The Department of Justice announced last week that a federal magistrate judge had ordered Isabel Gervais into custody, pending her trial on multiple charges related to her phony “naturopathic” practice in Hoover, Alabama.
According to authorities, Gervais opened up a medical clinic in Hoover back in 2015. She lied to patients about her real name, lied about having a medical background and lied about being a licensed physician. She then posed as a woman named Rose Starr and began to “treat” patients, including people suffering from cancer. She also reportedly posed as a woman named Debrah Goodman.
Gervais didn’t stop at providing bogus medical care, though. She allegedly posed as one of her clients in order to charger the patient’s credit card and posed as another person to set up a post office box.
Gervais is, of course, officially presumed innocent unless she is proven guilty but she is currently charged with:
- Wire fraud affecting a financial institution – 6 counts
- Aggravated identity theft – 2 counts
- False statements – 1 count
If convicted, Gervais could be sentenced to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine for the wire fraud and at least 2 years in prison for the alleged aggravated identity theft.
There is no word on the health of the patients Gervais “treated” or if any of them were irreparably harmed while under Gervais’ care.