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Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014
Crime & Courts

Police: Sarasota man practiced medicine with revoked license


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A Sarasota man is being held on $5,000 bond on charges he was practicing medicine with a revoked medical license.

Police say the investigation into Leonard Rubinstein’s practice began after numerous complaints to the Department of Health that he was illegally practicing medicine, including performing breast augmentations.

Police say Rubinstein, 59, was practicing out his office, the Center for Integration in Cosmetic Surgery, at 1805 Siesta Drive.

According to the arrest affidavit, a large sign outside the office identified it as a “center for integration in cosmetic surgery” and included “rejuvenation medicine,” along with treatment for ears, nose, throat, allergies and skin wellness.

During the investigation, two undercover officers posed as a couple that consulted with Rubinstein on a breast augmentation surgery that he said “he had pioneered” and “was the only person capable of performing this particular surgery,” according to the affidavit.

Rubinstein told the officers that he was not currently licensed in the United States and would conduct the surgery in Cancun, Mexico, the affidavit said.

After obtaining a search warrant, detectives seized numerous medical records and marketing materials that indicated Rubinstein was practicing medicine, along with evidence of illegally obtained controlled-substance medication.

Anyone who may have been a patient after Dec. 7, 2012, or is in need of their medical records, can receive copies by calling (941) 954-7093.

Additional charges are expected, police said.

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