February 13, 2019 | 4:42pm
| Updated February 13, 2019 | 5:18pm
Hernando County Sheriff’s Office
A Florida man who posed as a doctor claimed he could cure diabetes through a dubious procedure transferring the patient’s own blood back into them, according to officials.
Onelio Hipolit-Gonzalez, 73, was arrested Tuesday in connection to a medical scam which advertised his services on a site called “Elclassificado,” according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
Hipolit-Gonzalez posed in a white lab coat on the site and claimed he treated a range of illnesses from leukemia to multiple sclerosis, authorities said.
The Florida Department of Health alleges he never had a medical license in the state.
An undercover officer arranged an appointment last week with Hipolit-Gonzalez — who requested $160 for the visit and asked to meet at a residential home, officials said.
“Hipolit-Gonzalez checked the patient’s blood pressure and pulse and then placed a band around the patient’s head and had him hold a metal rod (both the band and the rod were connected to a machine on a table),” authorities said. “Once turned on, the machine began making beeping noises. Hipolit-Gonzalez told the patient, that the device was testing his heart, brain, intestinal system, bones, nerves, and ‘everything else.’”
When the test was complete, the so-called doctor diagnosed the patient with diabetes and osteoporosis, according to authorities.
Hipolit-Gonzalez then claimed he previously cured diabetes for another patient and could treat the undercover cop for $2,000.
Officials said he went on to explain that the treatment would include injecting the patient with “his own blood.”
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office then intervened and brought Hipolit-Gonzalez in for questioning.
When asked about the bizarre procedure, Hipolit-Gonzalez said “he draws the patient’s blood, and then injects the same blood he just withdrew,” according to police.
“He said when the blood enters the body it ‘combats’ the blood cells and increases the immune system,” officials said.
In regards to his medical background, Hipolit-Gonzalez claimed he was a lab technician in Cuba then got a certificate in Florida for iridology, herbology and nutrition.
Charges were filed against Hipolit-Gonzalez for unlicensed practice of a health care profession and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
Hipolit-Gonzalez is being held on $10,000 bond.