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Tampa police close 2 pain clinics for operating without a license

TAMPA — Two pain clinics were shut down Thursday as police arrested several people on charges they violated a city ordinance requiring them to have a license.

Tampa police inspected America Wellcare, 1612 W Waters Ave., and Wellswood Medical Group, 1523 W Hillsborough Ave., and found they didn't have the proper permits, police said Thursday.

At American Wellcare, police arrested Dr. Victor De Loach, 6011 Kestrel Point Ave. in Lithia; owner Alba Santiago, 50, of 10101 N Florida Ave. #2; and patient Richard Connell, 37, of 1400 SE 76th Ave. in Belleview.

De Loach and Santiago were charged with operating a unlicensed pain clinic. Connell was charged with violation of probation and possession of a controlled substance.

At Wellswood Medical Group, police arrested Dr. Bartly Allen Storey, 47, of 14905 Arbor Spring Circle, Apt. 314 in Tampa and owner Victor Zamora, 50, 1704 W North St. in Tampa and charged them with running an unlicensed pain clinic.

Neither doctor has any discipline on file in the past 10 years with the state Department of Health. Wellswood is licensed as a pain clinic by the state. American Wellcare is registered as a massage establishment.

James Pulkowski, the registered agent for American Wellcare, said he was unaware of the arrests and is only an external accountant for the business.

Police said the investigation of both establishments is ongoing.

Tampa police close 2 pain clinics for operating without a license 01/13/11 [Last modified: Thursday, January 13, 2011 7:25pm]
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