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Hernando 'doctor' is a quack, officials say

Gary Lloyd, 50, has an extensive criminal record.

Gary Lloyd, 50, has an extensive criminal record.

WEEKI WACHEE — On his sparsely designed Web site, Gary Lloyd promises a "new approach to pediatric healthcare" and offers to see patients every day of the year. His hours of operation are listed — somewhat peculiarly — as "future dream."

The reference to a dream is probably the most authentic claim on the page: Lloyd is not a pediatrician at all, according to authorities.

"We just know that he's bogus," said Eulinda Jackson, a spokeswoman with the state Department of Health. "He is definitely not licensed by the state of Florida as a pediatrician."

Hernando detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for Lloyd, 50, of Weeki Wachee. The charge is practicing a medical profession without a license. Authorities said they are searching for Lloyd, who has not returned to his home at 10330 Yellowlegs Avenue since Thursday.

Lloyd is described as 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds with brown, short receding hair, brown eyes and a goatee, according to the Sheriff's Office. Detectives say Lloyd might be in a gold four-door 2002 Hyundai with the Florida license plate number of T918SY or a green 2001 Ford sport utility vehicle with a license plate number of V151PG.

Lloyd has ties to a number of areas, having lived recently in Ocala and Clearwater and several places in Connecticut, according to a public records search.

Officials with the Sheriff's Office and the Health Department said they couldn't release many details about the case because of the ongoing investigation but warned anyone who had sought his services as a pediatrician to contact the authorities and to see a real doctor.

Investigators with the Health Department recently contacted the Sheriff's Office after Lloyd's Web site was reported to state officials with the Child Predator CyberCrime Unit.

"We want to locate him and bring him to justice," said Sgt. Donna Black, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office. "We want to stop him from 'play practicing' anywhere else."

Lloyd has a lengthy criminal record, dating back to a December 1982 arrest for second-degree larceny in Connecticut. Since then, Lloyd has been arrested on dozens of charges in a number of places, from vehicle theft in Dade County in 1987 to computer fraud in Pinellas County in 2001.

Times researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Joel Anderson can be reached at joelanderson@sptimes.com or (352) 754-6120.

Hernando 'doctor' is a quack, officials say 09/15/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 5:58pm]
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