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Clearwater woman arrested for practicing medicine without a license

Undercover officer told he had Lupus
Posted at 10:52 PM, Dec 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-08 23:26:54-05

CLEARWATER, Fla. — A 59-year-old Clearwater woman was arrested for practicing medicine without a license.

Clearwater Police conducted an undercover operation where Veronika Zaitsevskiy told undercover detectives she ran a cash-only business and did not accept health insurance.

According to court documents, Zaitsevskiy operated "NLS Diagnostics" at an office building on Cleveland Street in Clearwater.

The undercover operation happened on May 11, 2017. Two undercover detectives with the Clearwater Police Department arranged an appointment with the suspect where they used hidden video and audio surveillance, according to court documents.

The court documents went on to say that the undercover detectives said Zaitsevskiy used a device that looked like a laptop computer and headphones. The undercover detective agreed to treatment and he put on a pair of headphones. After about 40-60 minutes, Zaitsevskiy printed results.

Zaitsevskiy then told the undercover officer he had the beginnings of the disease Lupus. She told the undercover detective that Lupus was a "slow killer." She offered him a quote of $2,000 for a treatment plan of 10 treatments and said the 11th would be free. 

Officers said the device she used looked similar to one on an Amazon listing that's described as being an "all in one solution for any health condition."

While in the office, detectives spoke with a male subject who stated he had a tumor and was there for treatment.

Zaitsevskiy was arrested for unlicensed practice of medicine and given a $200,000 bond.

We could not reach her for comment and her attorney, Eric Herrmann, told us state prosecutors argue she was practicing medicine without a license, but her defense will be that it was holistic medicine.

Zaitsevskiy's attorney  said he will be able to provide more details at a later date. The next court date is set for later this month.