May 26, 2001
By Hal Dardick
Special to the Tribune
Two men who passed themselves off in Aurora as doctors who had developed cures for multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease and other serious illnesses were arrested Thursday on charges of practicing medicine without a license.
Both men also face charges of receiving fees for representing that they had a cure for an incurable disease.
Police said neither man was ever a physician.
Steven R. Wecther, 48, of Aurora, was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail. John B. Peterson, 46, of Elburn, was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
If convicted, each would face up to $250,000 in fines and three years in prison.
Both men were arrested after a search warrant was executed in their business, known both as LifeCare Systems and Gensys, at 101 S. Broadway. The business has been operating since mid-1998.
Police said the men told their patients that they could cure them through a six-month to two-year antibiotic treatment that they had invented.
Charges against the men list five victims from Bartlett, Chicago, Oak Lawn and Prophetstown, Ill.
The Illinois Department of Professional Regulation and the Better Government Association initiated the investigation. The Aurora Police Department joined the investigation earlier this year.