According to an online story on SunSentinal.com, a Coconut Creek man accused of posing as a doctor and offering free door-to-door "breast exams" has reached a deal with prosecutors, lawyers told a Broward County judge on Tuesday.
Phillip Winikoff, 81, was accused in April 2006 of carrying on the ruse with women at an apartment complex in the 3200 block of Northwest 40th Street in Lauderdale Lakes. Investigators said two (2) women took Winikoff up on the offer, allowed him into their apartments and realized something was amiss only after the phony "breast exams" started.
Winikoff was charged with three (3) Felony counts of Sexual Battery, two (2) counts of Practicing Medicine without a License, two (2) counts of Simple Battery, and one (1) count of Using the Title of Doctor without a License.
If tried and convicted, he could have been sentenced to more than forty-five (45) years in the Florida State Prison system for the Sexual Battery charges and another ten (10) years for Practicing Medicine without a License.
It was not revealed Tuesday whether the deal Winikoff reached with prosecutors will keep him out of prison.
Winikoff, who was in court with a half-dozen family members, was scheduled to enter a plea of either Guilty or No Contest, but by the time the prosecutor and Winikoff's lawyer arrived, Broward Circuit Judge Sandra Perlman said she had a Trial to oversee and needed to reschedule the Winikoff plea. No firm date was set.
At the time of Winikoff's arrest, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said he carried a little black bag to lend credibility to his claim of being a doctor. The first victim, 36 years old at the time, told detectives he started the exam by fondling her breasts, and she knew something was wrong when his hands wandered elsewhere.
By the time the victim called 911, Winikoff had already found a second victim, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said.
LADIES, PLEASE TAKE NOTE: The next time a man shows up on your doorstep claiming to be a doctor who performs free door-to-door "breast exams," think twice about accepting his offer. Yes, even if he's got a black doctor's bag.