MIAMI – The Florida Department of Health has been notified about a man who has been spotted at several local hospitals wearing an unofficial physician lab coat, a Jackson Health System spokeswoman confirmed Thursday in a statement.
According to the statement, the man was last spotted Wednesday by public safety staff at the Jackson Memorial Medical Center campus.
Police were notified and the man was issued a trespassing warning and a cease and desist letter, the spokeswoman said.
"Jackson is taking this suspicious activity seriously and has notified the Florida Department of Health, which launched an investigation into this matter," the statement read.
According to the cease and desist letter, the man in question is Wilvince Kemmy Bazil, of Miami.
Bazil told Local 10 News reporter Liane Morejon that he didn't wear a doctor's coat at the hospital. He later told Local 10 News reporter Christian De La Rosa that he wore a coat provided by the doctor he works for, but he didn't identify the alleged doctor.
"I was there. They invited me over there to speak about the allegations, and I met up with them, and they spoke to me and they did give me a restraining order," he said.
The cease and desist letter states that Bazil also posted photos of himself online in a Jackson Health/University of Miami doctor's white lab coat, although he is not a doctor or employee at the hospital.
"Your illegal use of this impersonation will deceive and/or confuse the public, staff and patients into thinking you are affiliated with the Public Health Trust," the letter signed by Assistant County Attorney Suzanne Villano-Charif said.
Photos from Bazil's Facebook page that were sent to Local 10 News by a source appear to show him in a doctor's coat that has his name on it and identifies him as an OB-GYN.
According to a be on the lookout notice issued by Jackson Health System, Bazil is pictured in the 2018 senior yearbook for the UM Main Campus in Coral Gables, but the university has no record of him attending or graduating from the Miller School.
He is also not a licensed physician, according to the Florida Department of Health.
Villano-Charif warned Bazil in the letter that failing to comply with the cease and desist order will result in legal action being taken against him.
Bazil is not facing any criminal charges at this time. Records show he has 14 unrelated criminal filings, mostly involving traffic-related offenses. He was also arrested in 2007 on charges of burglary and dealing in stolen property.