Preliminary Hearing Set for Owner of a Saratoga Medical Clinic

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A preliminary hearing is set for Tuesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court for a Saratoga physician charged with two felonies for aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine at his clinic.

An investigation led by the Health Quality Investigation Unit of the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (DOI) found Dr. David George Wetterholt had allowed Jeffrey Lawrence Mauck to practice medicine in his clinic without a license. Dr. Wetterholt, owner of the Saratoga Walk-In Clinic, allegedly allowed Mauck to work in the clinic as an unpaid physician assistant trainee and to evaluate and treat patients, including suturing a laceration on a minor.

Mauck also allegedly used Dr. Wetterholt’s physician license and Drug Enforcement Agency license to illegally obtain controlled substances. DOI worked with Special Agents from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

Mauck and Dr. Wetterholt were arrested in November 2014 by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. Mauck was charged with two felony counts of practicing medicine without a license, eight misdemeanor counts for possession of controlled substances, and two misdemeanor counts for possession of burglary tools.

Mauck is also facing separate federal charges. A felony indictment was filed against Mauck on January 28, 2015, charging him with seven counts of being an unregistered manufacturer of guns and producing short barreled rifles. His next court date is scheduled for July 8, 2015 in the U.S. District Court in San Jose.