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Con artist preyed on vulnerable victims in Northwest Arkansas

By Ron Wood

This article was published September 4, 2017 at 1:00 a.m.

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Isabell Kesari Gervais

Pattern of behavior

Isabell Kesari Gervais operated multiple medical clinics during 15 years in Arkansas, Kansas, Georgia and Alabama. To avoid legal action and detection, Gervais abandoned rental locations, moved, changed business names and adopted various aliases, according to U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. She claimed to own the following businesses.

• Marietta Natural Health in Marietta, Ga., from December 2002 to July 2005.

• The Chiron Clinic Atlanta in Marietta, Ga., from April 2004 to May 2008.

• Sagewood Medical Clinic & Research and Sagewood Health Solutions in Montgomery, Ala., from March 2006 until an unknown date.

• DRI Enterprises in Atlanta, Ga., from July 2009 to March 2011.

• Sagewood Medical Clinic & Research Company in Springdale from July 2011 until an unknown date.

• Sagewood Solutions in Fayetteville from October 2012 until an unknown date.

• Ascension Medical Health Clinic International in Springdale or Fayetteville from August 2013 to an unknown date.

• AMHC in Leawood, Kan., from May 2014 to July 2015.

Source: Staff report

Document dominoes

Isabelle Gervais regularly used aliases to avoid detection and went to great lengths to change identities, according to court documents. While she was facing criminal charges for theft in Washington County in 2013, she tried to change her name to Debrah Lynne Godman, claiming she was divorcing her abusive husband and needed to change her identity. Circuit Judge Cristi Beaumont denied the request. Beaumont’s order said Gervais failed to show good cause for the change.

Gervais forged Judge William Storey’s signature on an order to change her name to Debrah Lynne Goodman. She used the forged document along with a counterfeit Michigan birth certificate in the name “Debrah Lynne Smith” to get a fake Arkansas driver’s license. She used the driver’s license to obtain a passport, set up bank accounts and get a U.S. Post Office box.

Gervais gave the fake driver’s license to a police officer in Alabama in November 2015 when she was pulled over. She told him she gave him the license because she knew there was a warrant out for her arrest. Gervais had a handwritten to-do list in her pocket. On the list: Create a new identity.

Source: Staff report

Timeline

• July 2011 — Gervais opens Sagewood Medical Clinic and Research Company in Springdale.

• October 2012 — Gervais moves Sagewood Medical Clinic to Fayetteville.

• May 1, 2013 — Gervais files to have her name legally changed in Washington County.

• May 8, 2013 — Gervais charged with financial identity fraud in Washington County Circuit Court. Charge dropped Dec. 5.

• August 2013 — Gervais opens Ascension Medical Health Clinic International, located at times in Springdale and Fayetteville.

• May 2014 — Gervais opens AMHC in Leawood, Kan. Closes in July 2015.

• May 15, 2013 — Circuit Judge Cristi Beaumont denies the name change petition. Gervais forges Circuit Judge William Storey’s signature to get the order then used it and a counterfeit Michigan birth certificate to fraudulently obtain an Arkansas driver’s license with the name Debrah Lynne Smith. Uses fake driver’s license to obtain a fraudulent passport.

• June 12, 2014 — Victims meet with Johnson police to file complaints.

• Oct. 23, 2014 — Gervais charged with theft by deception, fraudulent use of a credit card in Washington County Circuit Court. Whereabouts unknown.

• March 2015 — Gervais opens Euro Med Klinic in Birmingham, Ala., using the name Dr. Rose Starr.

• November 2015 — Gervais is pulled over and arrested in Alabama; gives police officer a fake ID. She was brought back to Arkansas to face charges and held in the Washington County Jail while awaiting trial.

• May 31, 2016 — Gervais charged with forgery in Washington County Circuit Court.

• June 30, 2016 — Gervais pleads guilty to passport fraud in federal court in Fayetteville and sentenced.

• Dec. 5, 2016 — Gervais convicted of theft by deception, fraudulent use of a credit card in Washington County Circuit Court and sentenced.

• Jan. 23, 2017 — Gervais pleads guilty to forgery in Washington County Circuit Court and sentenced.

• Feb. 27, 2017— Gervais indicted by federal prosecutors in Alabama.

• July 24, 2017 — Gervais pleads guilty to fraud in federal court in Alabama. Gervais is being held in the Shelby County, Ala., jail awaiting sentencing, which is set for Nov. 13.

Source: Staff report

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Pattern of behavior

Isabell Kesari Gervais operated multiple medical clinics during 15 years in Arkansas, Kansas, Georgia and Alabama. To avoid legal action and detection, Gervais abandoned rental locations, moved, changed business names and adopted various aliases, according to U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. She claimed to own the following businesses.

• Marietta Natural Health in Marietta, Ga., from December 2002 to July 2005.

• The Chiron Clinic Atlanta in Marietta, Ga., from April 2004 to May 2008.

• Sagewood Medical Clinic & Research and Sagewood Health Solutions in Montgomery, Ala., from March 2006 until an unknown date.

• DRI Enterprises in Atlanta, Ga., from July 2009 to March 2011.

• Sagewood Medical Clinic & Research Company in Springdale from July 2011 until an unknown date.

• Sagewood Solutions in Fayetteville from October 2012 until an unknown date.

• Ascension Medical Health Clinic International in Springdale or Fayetteville from August 2013 to an unknown date.

• AMHC in Leawood, Kan., from May 2014 to July 2015.

Source: Staff report

Document dominoes

Isabelle Gervais regularly used aliases to avoid detection and went to great lengths to change identities, according to court documents. While she was facing criminal charges for theft in Washington County in 2013, she tried to change her name to Debrah Lynne Godman, claiming she was divorcing her abusive husband and needed to change her identity. Circuit Judge Cristi Beaumont denied the request. Beaumont’s order said Gervais failed to show good cause for the change.

Gervais forged Judge William Storey’s signature on an order to change her name to Debrah Lynne Goodman. She used the forged document along with a counterfeit Michigan birth certificate in the name “Debrah Lynne Smith” to get a fake Arkansas driver’s license. She used the driver’s license to obtain a passport, set up bank accounts and get a U.S. Post Office box.

Gervais gave the fake driver’s license to a police officer in Alabama in November 2015 when she was pulled over. She told him she gave him the license because she knew there was a warrant out for her arrest. Gervais had a handwritten to-do list in her pocket. On the list: Create a new identity.

Source: Staff report

Timeline

• July 2011 — Gervais opens Sagewood Medical Clinic and Research Company in Springdale.

• October 2012 — Gervais moves Sagewood Medical Clinic to Fayetteville.

• May 1, 2013 — Gervais files to have her name legally changed in Washington County.

• May 8, 2013 — Gervais charged with financial identity fraud in Washington County Circuit Court. Charge dropped Dec. 5.

• August 2013 — Gervais opens Ascension Medical Health Clinic International, located at times in Springdale and Fayetteville.

• May 2014 — Gervais opens AMHC in Leawood, Kan. Closes in July 2015.

• May 15, 2013 — Circuit Judge Cristi Beaumont denies the name change petition. Gervais forges Circuit Judge William Storey’s signature to get the order then used it and a counterfeit Michigan birth certificate to fraudulently obtain an Arkansas driver’s license with the name Debrah Lynne Smith. Uses fake driver’s license to obtain a fraudulent passport.

• June 12, 2014 — Victims meet with Johnson police to file complaints.

• Oct. 23, 2014 — Gervais charged with theft by deception, fraudulent use of a credit card in Washington County Circuit Court. Whereabouts unknown.

• March 2015 — Gervais opens Euro Med Klinic in Birmingham, Ala., using the name Dr. Rose Starr.

• November 2015 — Gervais is pulled over and arrested in Alabama; gives police officer a fake ID. She was brought back to Arkansas to face charges and held in the Washington County Jail while awaiting trial.

• May 31, 2016 — Gervais charged with forgery in Washington County Circuit Court.

• June 30, 2016 — Gervais pleads guilty to passport fraud in federal court in Fayetteville and sentenced.

• Dec. 5, 2016 — Gervais convicted of theft by deception, fraudulent use of a credit card in Washington County Circuit Court and sentenced.

• Jan. 23, 2017 — Gervais pleads guilty to forgery in Washington County Circuit Court and sentenced.

• Feb. 27, 2017— Gervais indicted by federal prosecutors in Alabama.

• July 24, 2017 — Gervais pleads guilty to fraud in federal court in Alabama. Gervais is being held in the Shelby County, Ala., jail awaiting sentencing, which is set for Nov. 13.

Source: Staff report

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LR1955 says... September 4, 2017 at 2:04 p.m.

I'm Jewish and she said she was, and my first appointment with her she was saying, 'I'll treat you Yiddish, yada, yada, yada.....sorry but this is kinda funny.

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