FARMINGTON — A Layton chiropractor who allegedly offered extreme weight loss programs to senior citizens that did not require exercise or dieting, but did require up to $10,000 in fees, now faces multiple fraud charges.
Michael Paul Kunzler, 46, was charged in March with seven counts of communications fraud, a second-degree felony; two counts of exploitation of a vulnerable adult, a second-degree felony; theft by deception, a second-degree felony; and forgery, a third-degree felony.
Last week, the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing filed notice that it intended to revoke his practicing license.
According to charging documents and a report filed by division investigators, Kunzler charged several patients between $3,500 and $10,000 for a weight loss program that essentially included a 500-calorie-a-day diet with no exercise and then refused to give them refunds when they asked for them.
He also purported to have an “Ultra Slim” weight loss machine at his Rebalance Weight Loss clinic in Layton that was the No. 1 body contouring machine in the world and that he was the only person in Utah who had one, according to the Utah Department of Commerce. However, the machine has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to the division.
Investigators also allege that Kunzler falsified his certification training credentials.
From January 2013 to January 2015, Kunzler promised his alleged victims “extreme weight loss and physical regeneration without any ‘strenuous’ diet,” according to charging documents.
Two of his victims were 79 years old, the charges state. One of his patients reported having cancer and another diabetes when they had their initial consultation with Kunzler, but both “were offered virtually identical programs (in spite of their different health issues) and told that the program entailed a 400-calorie-per-day diet, a diet that they are unable to follow due to their disclosed health issues,” according to the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing’s report.
When the couple asked for a refund, Kunzler refused, the report states.
On Nov. 14, an undercover agent with the division made an appointment with Kunzler and was offered the non-FDA Ultra Slim machine, the report states.
Kunzler is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on the criminal charges Monday. A pre-hearing for revoking his license is scheduled for May 26 and a full licensing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 8.
On Thursday, investigators asked for anyone “who had similar experiences with Dr. Kunzler” to step forward and file a complaint with the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
or call 801-530-6630.
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