Phony Naturopath
Gets 75-Month Prison Sentence

Stephen Barrett, M.D.


In February 2017, Isabell Gervais, who operated the Euro Med Klinic in Hoover, Alabama, was charged with six counts of wire fraud affecting a financial institution, one count of false statements, and two counts of aggravated identity theft. The indictment (shown below) charged:

In July, 2017, Gervais pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud affecting a financial institution, one count of aggravated identity theft, and one count of making false statements—counts one, seven, and eight of the indictment. She also agreed to forfeit $108,146 of the proceeds of her illegal activity. In May 2018, she was sentenced to 75 months in prison. The Government's sentencing memo indicates that Gervais had operated the Sagewood Medical Clinic in Montgomery and Springdale, Arkansas; the Chiron Clinic in Marietta, Georgia; DRI Enterprises in Atlanta, Georgia; Ascension Medical Health in various locations in Arkansas; and AMHC in Leawoood, Kansas. The memo also indicated that she had been previously prosecuted in Arkansas for passport fraud and theft by deception.


UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
SOUTHERN DIVISION

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

V.

ISABELL KESARI GERVAIS,
Also Known as Deborah Lynne Goodman, Debra Lynn Goodman, Debrah Lynne Smith, Debra Lynn Smith, Rose Marie Starr, Debrah Goodman-Starr, Debra Lynn Holland, and Isabell Kesari Scott,

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CASE NO.

2:17-cr-00084-HHH-SCG

INDICTMENT

THE GRAND JURY CHARGES THAT:

INTRODUCTION

At all times material to this Indictment:

1. The defendant's legal name has been Isabell Kesari Gervais. The defendant has conducted personal and business transactions in her legal name and other names.

2. The defendant has not been licensed to practice medicine in Alabama.

3. The defendant was the owner of the Euro Med Klinic, located at 4524 Southlake Pkwy, Suite 4, Hoover, AL 35244.

4. The defendant was the owner of a business known as AMHC, LLC.

5. Capital One Bank and Wells Fargo Bank are federally insured financial institutions.

COUNTS ONE THROUGH SIX
Wire Fraud Affecting a Financial Institution
[18 U.S.C. § 1343]

6 The Grand Jury repeats and re-alleges the facts contained in Paragraphs 1 through 5 above, and incorporates them into Counts One through Six as though they were restated here in their entirety.

7. From in or about March 2015, until in or about November 2015, the exact dates being unknown to the Grand Jury, in Shelby County, in the Northern District of Alabama and elsewhere, the defendant,

ISABELL KESARI GERVAIS,
Also Known as Deborah Lynne Goodman,
Debra Lynn Goodman, Debrah Lynne Smith,
Debra Lynn Smith, Rose Marie Starr,
Debrah Goodman-Starr, Debra Lynn Holland,
and Isabell Kesari Scott,

devised and intended to devise a scheme and artifice to defraud patients of the Euro Med Clinic and others and to obtain money and property from patients of the Euro Med Clinic and others by means of false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises.

The Scheme and Artifice to Defraud

8. It was part of the scheme that in 2015 GERVAIS took steps to create the business known as Euro Med Klinic ("the Clinic") including reserving the business name with the Alabama Secretary of State.

9. It was further part of the scheme that GERVAIS leased space from the owner of a well-known herb business to begin operating the Clinic.

10. It was further part of the scheme that GERVAIS falsely held herself out to the owner of the herb store and to others in the Northern District of Alabama as "Dr. Rose Starr."

11. It was further part of the scheme that GERVAIS held herself out to be a "doctor" licensed to practice anywhere in the world.

12. It was further part of the scheme that GERVAIS claimed to have a valid Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.), the equivalent of a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and to be a Doctor of Holistic Medicine (H.M.D.), a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (O.M.D.), and a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.M.D.).

13. It was further part of the scheme that GERVAIS claimed to have been effectively treating individuals with various diseases, including cancer, for approximately twenty years.

14. It was further part of the scheme that GERVAIS advertised the Clinic's services and her experience as "Dr. Rose Starr" using business cards, the internet, radio, and other means.

15. It was further part of the scheme that once patients came to the Clinic, GERVAIS asked them to fill out various paperwork with their personal identifiers, medical information, and financial information, including in some instances credit card information.

16. It was further part of the scheme that GERVAIS ran various "tests" on Clinic patients, including a supposed "DNA test." Some of these tests required blood, saliva, hair, and urine samples.

17. It was further part of the scheme that GERVAIS "prescribed" various regimens and pills to Clinic patients.

18. It was further part of the scheme that GERVAIS had Clinic patients pay for their visits with her, "tests," and "prescriptions" via cash, credit card, and check.

19. It was further part of the scheme that GERVAIS maintained accounts at Wells Fargo Bank in the names of Debrah Goodman and AMHC, LLC through which she moved customer payments.

20. It was further part of the scheme that GERVAIS had Clinic patients write down their credit card information and authorize certain charges.

21. It was further part of the scheme that GERVAIS used credit card information provided by Clinic patients to charge them without their authorization for visits or services that they did not receive.

The Wires

22. From on or about September 16, 2015, to on or about November 16, 2015, in Shelby County, in the Northern District of Alabama, and elsewhere, the defendant,

ISABELL KESARI GERVAIS,
Also Known as Deborah Lynne Goodman,
Debra Lynn Goodman, Debrah Lynne Smith,
Debra Lynn Smith, Rose Marie Starr,
Debrah Goodman-Starr, Debra Lynn Holland,
and Isabell Kesari Scott,

for the purpose of executing and attempting to execute the above described scheme and artifice to defraud, knowingly caused and attempted to cause to be transmitted by means of wire communication in interstate commerce certain writings, signals, pictures, and sounds, that is, the defendant caused wire communications to be made between Alabama and another state for the purchase of executing the financial transactions listed below for each Count:

CT.

DATE

WIRE

AMT.

1

09-16-15

Charge to Capital One CC Account x9267 of D.B. and P.B.

$1,800.00

2

11-16-15

Charge to Capital One CC Account x9267 of D.B. and P.B.

$2,508.00

3

08-08-15

Charge to Amex CC Account x2007 of R.U.

$975.00

4

10-19-15

Charge to Amex CC Account x2007 of R.U.

$266.32

5

10-07-15

Charge to Visa CC Account x9300 of L.B.

$2,509.45

6

11-02-15

Transfer from Regions Checking Account x2650 of J.H. (via Check 4467) to Wells Fargo Account x3325 of "Debrah L. Goodman"

$975.00

All in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1343.

COUNT SEVEN
Aggravated Identity Theft
[18 U.S.C. § 1028A]

23. The Grand Jury repeats and re-alleges the facts contained in Paragraphs 1 through 22 above, and incorporates them into Count Seven as though they were restated here in their entirety.

24. The Grand Jury further charges that:

On or about September 16, 2015, in Shelby County in the Northern District of Alabama and elsewhere, the defendant

ISABELL KESARI GERVAIS,
Also Known as Deborah Lynne Goodman,
Debra Lynn Goodman, Debrah Lynne Smith,
Debra Lynn Smith, Rose Marie Starr,
Debrah Goodman-Starr, Debra Lynn Holland,
and Isabell Kesari Scott,

knowingly did transfer, possess, and use, without lawful authority, a means of identification of another person, to-wit, Capital One Visa Card number xxx-xxx- xxx-xxx-9267, belonging to an account in the name of P.B. and D.B., knowing that this means of identification belonged to a real person, during and relation to the Wire Fraud charged in Count One this Indictment, all in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A.

COUNT EIGHT
False Statements
[18 U.S.C. § 1001]

25. The Grand Jury repeats and re-alleges the facts contained in Paragraphs 1 through 24 above, and incorporates them into Count Eight as though they were restated here in their entirety.

26. The Grand Jury further charges that:

On or about November 18, 2015, in Shelby County, within the Northern District of Alabama, and elsewhere, the defendant,

ISABELL KESARI GERVAIS,
Also Known as Deborah Lynne Goodman,
Debra Lynn Goodman, Debrah Lynne Smith,
Debra Lynn Smith, Rose Marie Starr,
Debrah Goodman-Starr, Debra Lynn Holland,
and Isabell Kesari Scott,

in a matter within the jurisdiction of the executive branch of the Government of the United States, made a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent representation, to wit: in an attempt to obtain a mailbox at the UPS Store located at 9340 Helena Road, Suite F, Birmingham, AL 35244, the defendant willfully and falsely represented to the United States Postal Service on a Form 1583 Application for Delivery of Mail Through Agent that her name was M.E.G. born on a date in 1988, when in fact the defendant then and there knew her name was Isabell Kesari Gervais, the name of an applicant being a material fact to the United States Postal Service, all in violation 18 U.S.C. § 1001.

COUNT NINE
Aggravated Identity Theft
[18 U.S.C. § 1028A]

27. The Grand Jury repeats and re-alleges the facts contained in Paragraphs 1 through 26 above, and incorporates them into Count Nine as though they were restated here in their entirety.

28. The Grand Jury further charges that:

On or about November 18, 2015, in Shelby County in the Northern District of Alabama and elsewhere, the defendant,

ISABELL KESARI GERVAIS,
Also Known as Deborah Lynne Goodman,
Debra Lynn Goodman, Debrah Lynne Smith,
Debra Lynn Smith, Rose Marie Starr,
Debrah Goodman-Starr, Debra Lynn Holland,
and Isabell Kesari Scott,

knowingly did transfer, possess, and use, without lawful authority, a means of identification of another person, to-wit, an Arkansas drivers' license, number ending in 6193, belonging to M.E.G. and containing M.E.G.'s date of birth, knowing that this means of identification belonged to a real person, during and relation to the False Statement charged in Count Eight of this Indictment, all in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A.

NOTICE OF FORFEITURE
[18 U.S.C. § 981(a)(1)(C) and 28 U.S.C. 2461(c)]

1. The allegations contained in COUNTS ONE through SIX of this Indictment are hereby re-alleged and incorporated by reference for the purpose of alleging forfeitures pursuant to Title 18, United States Code, Section 981(a)(1)(C) and Title 28, United States Code, Section 2461(c).

2. Upon conviction of one or more of the offenses alleged in COUNTS ONE through SIX of this Indictment, the defendant,

ISABELL KESARI GERVAIS,
Also Known as Deborah Lynne Goodman,
Debra Lynn Goodman, Debrah Lynne Smith,
Debra Lynn Smith, Rose Marie Starr,
Debrah Goodman-Starr, Debra Lynn Holland,
and Isabell Kesari Scott,

shall forfeit to the United States of America, pursuant to Title 18, United States Code, Section 981(a)(1)(C) and Title 28, United States Code, Section 2461(c), any property, real or personal, constituting, or derived from, proceeds traceable to such offense.

3. If any of the property described above, as a result of any act and omission of the defendant(s):

  1. cannot be located upon the exercise of due diligence;
  2. has been transferred and sold to, and deposited with, a third party;b.
  3. has been placed beyond the jurisdiction of the court;
  4. has been substantially diminished in value; and
  5. has been commingled with other property which cannot be divided without difficulty,

it is the intent of the United States, pursuant to Title 21, United States Code, Section 853(p), as incorporated by Title 28, United States Code, Section 2461(c), to seek forfeiture of any other property of said defendants up to the value of the above- described forfeitable property.

A TRUE BILL

/s/ Electronic Signature


FOREPERSON OF THE GRAND JURY

ROBERT O. POSEY
Acting United States Attorney

/s/ Electronic Signature


ERICA WILLIAMSON BARNES
Assistant United States Attorney

This article was revised on May 20, 2018.

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