ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A high profile professional guardian, who faces criminal charges, is now taking a Pinellas County assisted living facility to court, and a six-figure personal services contract is at the center of the dispute.
He was also banned from visiting Morton Plant Hospital, after hospital officials alleged he impersonated a physician by wearing a white coat and was improperly making medical decisions for patients.
“When you go to visit patients once a week, every seven to 10 days, attend their care plans, go to hospitals when they're admitted to the hospitals, that deserves compensation, if, in fact, they have money,” Gutierrez said.
He said the majority of his clients are pro-bono Medicaid patients.
Both of the parties named in the complaint were served last week, but neither has responded.
Gutierrez is scheduled to make a court appearance in connection with the criminal charges in early march