Fake doctor alleged to bilk immigrants, expose
February 17, 2006
By Adam Martin, Bay City News Service
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) -- A man accused of practicing medicine
fraudulently in San Francisco for about six years had been on
probation with the state's medical board in the 1990s following
two convictions for indecent exposure.
Stephen Turner, 51, of Hayward was arrested Wednesday and charged
with 131 counts, 106 of which are felonies, according to San Francisco
District Attorney Kamala Harris.
Turner allegedly operated illegal clinics in San Francisco between
1999 and 2005.
He allegedly bilked 1,417 immigrant patients seeking permanent
resident status out of a total of $247,000 by giving fake vaccinations
and tests and falsifying medical records, Harris said Thursday.
Turner allegedly gave his patients injections of saline solution
instead of vaccinations and took blood samples from them that
he did not send to any lab, according to Harris' office. Instead,
he allegedly filled out federal forms stating that his patients
had been vaccinated and had tested negative for HIV antibodies
and syphilis, according to Harris' office.
Turner had surrendered his license in 1998 after being placed
on a seven-year probation period by the California Medical Board
in 1994, according to a medical board document ordering his probation.
He was placed on probation following two convictions, eight years
apart, for indecent exposure.
The first conviction stemmed from a March 19, 1984 incident when
Turner was a radiology resident at the University of Southern
According to a medical board document, he "exposed himself
and masturbated in the presence of two minor females on the premises
of the USC Medical Center,'' a charge to which Turner pleaded
Turner was again convicted of indecent exposure after an incident
on Nov. 16, 1992, when he asked a young woman in Berkeley for
directions to the campus, according to the same medical board
Turner was sitting in his car and holding a map, and when the
woman began giving him directions she "noted that (Turner)
was masturbating his exposed and erect penis with his left hand,
making no effort to conceal his actions.''
After the woman walked away, Turner reportedly circled the block,
driving past her several times before she took down his license
plate number and called police.
Following his second conviction, Turner was prescribed psychoanalysis
to treat his exhibitionism, according to the board document. He
was also sentenced to three years' formal probation, a fine and
30 days in jail, to be served through weekend work detail.
Following the start of his psychotherapy and after enrolling
in the East Bay Sexual Offender Treatment program, according to
the document, Turner admitted he had exposed himself more times
than the two for which he was convicted. "In fact, respondent
now admits, he exposed himself on 'many occasions' between March
1984 and November 1992,'' the document states.
After a reluctant start, Turner made progress in his psychotherapy,
the document recounts. In 1994, the board revoked Turner's license
but stayed that revocation, placing him on 7 years' probation
In the decision that granted Turner his probationary license,
Administrative Law Judge Michael C. Cohn wrote, "While a
cynic might believe respondent's current attitude toward treatment
for his exhibitionism is merely a 'courthouse conversion,' designed
to save his medical license, that does not appear to be the case.''
On Aug. 28, 1998, the medical board wrote Turner a letter
accepting the surrender of his license in lieu of discipline.
However, in 1999, Turner opened a clinic in San Francisco,
according to the district attorney's office.
He allegedly illegally operated that clinic, called the "Center
for Health Control,'' at 2601 Mission St. until 2002, when he
reportedly opened another clinic by the same name at 3004 16th
St. That clinic stayed in operation until its closure following
a sting operation by the district attorney's office on Dec. 7,
2005, Harris said today.
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