Imagine answering your door to a doctor saying he will examine you for free in the comfort of your own home, sound too good to be true? Yeah, probably is. In Broward County, Florida a 76 year old man showed up offering free breast exams in a Lauderdale Lakes apartment complex, in which two women took him up on the offer.
Phillip Winikoff, pretending to be a certified doctor, went door to door offering to check women’s breasts lumps in 2006, and despite his cool looking black doctor’s bag and claiming to be from a local hospital, Winikoff was actually a shuttle driver for a nearby car dealership. I guess being a shuttle driver is now worthy of the title doctor, considering he actually convinced two women he was legit.
Prosecutors said Winikoff went door to door and once inside one of the women’s apartments, the women said, the make believe doctor sexually molested them.
The first victim said as soon Winikoff’s hands started wondering to the other parts of her body, she said, she called the police. Winikoff immediately fled out of the apartment to only offer his fake health service to another woman in the same apartment complex. Eventually Broward County Sheriff’s deputies finally located Winikoff, only to slap him with three counts of sexual battery, two counts of practicing medicine without a license, two counts of simple battery, and one count of using the title of doctor without a license.
Honestly, this man must have been miserable and bored to come up with this type of scheme, and by just trying the same thing twice in the same place is absurd. How anyone would think of them getting away with this is crazy, almost as crazy as the two women who allowed this man to enter the homes in the first place. Doctors going door to door hasn’t been heard of since back in the 80’s early 90s maybe, but then to even say the service was free should have flagged a warning in these two women’s heads.
By making a deal with prosecutors, the now 81 year old dodged the maximum sentence of 45 years behind bars for sexual battery. He also landed an additional 10 for practicing medicine without a license. That is fair I guess considering his age, but to me I would look at this like a serious matter, for something worse could have happened to the two letting him in their apartment.