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story.lead_photo.caption Isabell Kesari Gervais

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A federal judge has sentenced a woman described as a fake doctor who worked in Arkansas and three other states to more than six years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala imposed the sentence Tuesday on 61-year-old Isabel Kesari Gervais.

Authorities say Gervais described herself as a naturopathic doctor but wasn't licensed. A statement from prosecutors says she claimed to use naturopathic medicine to cure illnesses including cancer.

[IN-DEPTH: Con artist preyed on vulnerable victims in Northwest Arkansas]

Gervais pleaded guilty last year to defrauding patients at a clinic in suburban Birmingham, Ala.

In her plea agreement she acknowledged operating multiple offices over 15 years in Springdale; Montgomery, Ala.; metro Atlanta; and Leawood, Kan.

Investigators determined Gervais moved frequently and used aliases including Rose Starr and Debra Lynn Goodman to avoid detection. She had been in Hoover, Ala., since 2015.


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  • MaxCady
    May 16, 2018 at 12:45 p.m.

    There seems to be a lot of "fake" everything these days.

  • paxralph
    June 5, 2018 at 10:23 p.m.

    With the new "Try anything" Trump and Pence are so proud of she would be getting paid by government taxes.