DOH Cease and Desist Order against Richard Bennett aka Richard Masters

Washington State Department of Health
101 Israel Road SE
Tumwater, Washington 98501
PO BOX 47890
Olympia, Washington
(360) 236-4030

For immediate  release: April  21, 2005 (05-038)


Media  inquiries: Deanna Whitman,  Communications Office (360) 236-4022

Public inquiries: Health Professions Customer Service (360) 236-4700

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Thurston County

In March 2005 the Unlicensed Practice Program issued a Notice of Intent to issue a Cease and Desist Order against Richard Bennett. He allegedly gave advice and offered medical and/or counseling treatment. Richard Bennett is also known as Richard Masters.


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7 thoughts on “DOH Cease and Desist Order against Richard Bennett aka Richard Masters

  1. Criminal Defense Attorney says:

    It is not surprising how many con artists represent themselves as professionals. It takes someone with Anti-Social Personality Disorder to have the hoodspa to open practice after practice, appearing to be ligitimate, as a tool to rip-off the unsuspecting public, particularly those who are in a weakened status due to ill health or agedness. Beware.

  2. Lawman says:

    Because patients put so much trust in their doctors, laws against practicing medicine without a license are fairly unforgiving. These cases can range from practicing without a license with criminal intent (the offender has no medical training and intends to defraud or sexually assault the victim) to situations where a once-licensed physician has let their credentials lapse.
    Laws vary by state, but practicing medicine without a license is illegal in all states. Common sentences range from one to five years in prison. Many judges will also impose fines in addition to prison sentences.
    Knowingly practicing medicine without a license can be enough to justify punitive damages. A judge and jury might find that the unauthorized practice was so offensive that the offender could have to compensate the victim not just for the actual harm caused, but also to pay additional penalties for intentionally deceiving the victim.
    If you think you may have submitted to medical “treatment” by someone who isn’t in fact licensed to practice medicine, report the person to local law enforcement immediately. Since practicing medicine without a license is a serious crime, it is appropriate to get the police involved. This will hopefully lead to the offender’s arrest as quickly as possible, which is important because the offender may be continuing the fraud by “treating” or attempting to “treat” other victims.
    The patient may also file a lawsuit against the offender. If the patient was harmed in any way by the offender, the patient will be able to recover damages in compensation for the injuries. Also, the patient may be able to recover punitive damages, which will result in compensation above and beyond any actual monetary losses.
    The patient need not necessarily be physically harmed by the offender in order to file a lawsuit. The victim may be violated (reasonably so) upon learning that someone who performed a physical examination was not in fact a doctor. In such a situation, the victim could likely sue the examiner for battery, which is typically defined as any non-consensual or offensive touching.
    It’s important to keep in mind that criminal charges (filed by the county or other local municipality) and a civil lawsuit (filed by the victim) are not mutually exclusive in cases of practicing medicine without a license. They can go side by side.

  3. Holl says:

    Psychopaths are good imposters. They have absolutely no hesitation about forging and brazenly using impressive credentials to adopt professional roles that bring prestige and power. They pick professions in which the requisite skills are easy to fake, the jargon is easy to learn, and the credentials are unlikely to be thoroughly checked. Psychopaths find it extremely easy to pose as lawyers, financial consultants, doctors, pilots, counselors and psychologists.

  4. Anonymous says:

    [Admin Note: This post was fraudulently posted using identity theft of another, so we have edited the poster to be “Anonymous”]

    Isn’t this exactly who you are. “credentials are unlikely to be thoroughly checked”. financial consultants…hmmmm secret weapon?? EXCEPT…YOUR credentials have been check out and some of your “contacts” contacted. Soon, you will be the focus of …They pick professions in which the requisite skills are easy to fake.. Mr. “Pubic” speaker. Yea, I’m taking over for Dick. To catch a dick.

  5. [Admin Note: This post was fraudulently posted using email identity theft of another. The post is displayed in its entirety.]

    Good morning “Lawman” AND “Holl”. Are you both allowed out at the same time? Now, is it one of you that is so sick as to use young Aaron‘s name to bolster your sick ego? Either of you have any balls to stand on you own and leave the pool of crazies within your host, David? Won’t matter as he will create another. And another and another. Just like on Twitter. Either of you that person. well, you can’t be as Twitter has so many more that your host identifies with. One of you will come out. Many of us are waiting to talk with you. You wanted to be a celebrity so many times and now all of you will get a chance real soon!

    July 4th is just around the corner!!

  6. Ledoux? says:

    Are you ready for July 4th? We are. The National press will be anxious to interview the Internet’s secret weapon. What a fucking joke you are. Then……??

  7. Richard says:

    That is very interesting… Richard Bennett also known as Richard Masters, practicing medicine without a license. That is bizarre!

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