A doctor accused of stealing $60,000 from a Stock Island patient was arrested Monday on suspicion of felony larceny and fraud.
Dr. Jamie Goodman, 55, who owns Keys Medical Center, a family practice clinic at 81990 Overseas Highway, and the Essence of the Phoenix spa at the same address, used the victim's debit card information to steal the money, according to the arrest affidavit filed by the Sheriff's Office.
Goodman is accused of 15 counts of fraud -- the use or possession of the identification of another person without their consent -- along with two additional fraud-related crimes. All are felonies.
Deputies say Goodman began treating the 45-year-old woman in 2005 as part of his practice and she reportedly agreed to begin paying him $120 for subsequent visits and prescriptions as they arose using her debit card.
The patient gave Goodman her bank and debit banking information and allowed him to withdraw that money as per their agreement.
But Goodman billed her for $60,000 worth of services she never received between May 24, 2010, through Sept. 22, 2011, without her knowledge, according to the affidavit.
Goodman billed her for $15,000 for services from his Essence of the Phoenix business, despite the face that she had never received any services from that business, and $45,000 under his Keys Medical Center business name, the affidavit states.
The Essence of the Phoenix is described on its website as "an anti-aging regenerative medicine, laser skin care, and body wellness medical spa."
Goodman denied any wrongdoing in interviews with detectives and said the woman had agreed to loan him the money, a claim she denies.
Instead, according to detectives, Goodman "excessively withdrew funds from the victim's banking account," and "supporting evidence including bank records, medical notes, medical files and the suspect's own admission revealed the suspect withdrew thousands of dollars without the victim's knowledge," the affidavit states.
In other meetings with detectives, Goodman "indicated he made mistakes concerning the victim's banking account and blamed his bookkeeping and filing procedures as the reason for the massive withdrawals on the victim's account."
Detectives also recorded phone calls between the patient and Goodman in which Goodman "attempted to convince the victim she was treated by Essence of the Phoenix," according to the arrest affidavit.
The woman couldn't be reached for comment Monday.
Goodman, originally from New York, was taken to the county jail on Plantation Key where he remained Monday in lieu of $150,000 bail.
Goodman wrote an unpaid advice column to the Florida Keys Free Press, The Citizen's sister newspaper, from June 2008 through December 2010. His "Ask the Good Doctor" column explored medical issues..
Citizen staff writer Robert Silk contributed to this report.