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Deal reached in Florida fake doctor case

Phillip Winikoff, 81, is accused of posing as a doctor and offering free breast exams. (Broward County Police)
Phillip Winikoff, 81, is accused of posing as a doctor and offering free breast exams. (Broward County Police)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- A deal has been reached with prosecutors on behalf of an elderly Florida man accused of posing as a doctor and offering free breast exams, lawyers said.

Phillip Winikoff, 81, was charged with battery, sexual battery, practicing medicine without a license and using the title of doctor without a license, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

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The deal Winikoff's lawyers hammered out with prosecutors was not detailed when he appeared Tuesday before Broward County Circuit Judge Sandra Perlman.

Perlman said she had a trial to oversee and would have to find a date to reschedule Perlman's plea.

He was accused in April 2006 of going door-to-door in a Lauderdale Lakes apartment complex and offering women free breast exams.

Two women took him up on the offer.

If convicted, Winikoff could have been sentenced to more than 45 years in prison for sexual battery and 10 years for practicing medicine without a license.

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