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Dermatologist Turns in Patient To Get Lighter Sentence

Caledonia resident Steven Armus is the co-founder of Great Lakes Dermatology in Mount Pleasant. He was found guilty of drug-trafficking. Now, he's now an informant and has turned in his own patient.

Sentencing for a Mount Pleasant dermatologist who lives in and was found guilty of drug trafficking has been postponed after he became an informant and turned in one of his patients.

Dr. Steven Armus is still practicing at Great Lakes Dermatology, and his patient's attorney is accusing Armus of violating his "physician-patient relationship."

According to a story in the Journal Times:

"In a motion filed Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court, defense lawyer Patrick Cafferty requested that a judge toss out state-level drug charges against a Racine businessman, John P. Chapman, 27, of the 4000 block of Olive Street.

The three felony drug charges should be dismissed, Cafferty wrote, because Chapman’s doctor — dermatologist Steven L. Armus — 'abused his physician-patient relationship with John Chapman to lure Chapman into introducing Armus to people who could supply Armus with cocaine.' In return, federal prosecutors agreed to recommend a lighter sentence for Armus in his case, Cafferty wrote, which means Armus has agreed to cooperate with government investigators."

to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine between February 2006 and March 2009.

According to the indictment, Armus allegedly bought cocaine in Illinois and other unnamed places, brought the cocaine back to Wisconsin and distributed the drugs among a group for wholesale and retail distribution.

A grand jury also charged Armus with:

  • Six counts of possessing cocaine with the intention of distributing the drug on Feb. 19, 20, and 27, and March 14, 17 and 20, 2009. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of up to life in prison and fines of up to $16.25 million.
  • Possession of a firearm across state lines for having a 12-gauge shotgun.

Armus' case was set for a status hearing at 3 pm on Aug. 24 before Judge Lynn Adelman, but the status conference was rescheduled to Sept. 10.

mau August 29, 2012 at 09:16 PM
How simple is that. Dr. Armus just happened to "lure" John Chapman to his office for an appointment for rashes and other conditions. And during an appointment Chapman just so happened to agree to arrange the contacts. Dr. Armus never approached me to do that. This story has a few years and months of investigations and hearings that lead up to this latest status conference. This story would lead one to believe that all this happened just recently.
Robin Kruk August 29, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Glad my allergist, Dr. Michael Ganz, was not as involved in the case. He is a decent guy, and apparently was mislead by Armus. Both my husband & I were patients of Dr. Armus awhile ago, and neither of us were impressed with his treatment of patients, nor his inept staff of women. Sad to see Armus is still practicing despite the case against him. We highly recommend staying away from Armus. I do highly recommend my allergist, Dr. Michael Ganz, despite his minor charges. He really cares about his patients, and is very knowledgable about allergies.
Tuco August 30, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Armus has violated the doctor-patient confidentiality relationship. How do you spell sleeze-bag? A-R-M-U-S
kkmommy August 30, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I stopped treatment with Dr. Armus after a couple of appointments. I am in my early 40's and he asked me if I was "28"! Really, you are a dermatologist! That was the first appointment. Sorry to hear Dr. Ganz was involved in this mess. He referred my ex-husband to a specialist (who was not accepting new patients at the time). The specialist diagnosed a medical condition that required immediate surgery!
Schell August 30, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Why is every one so protective of Dr Ganz? Regardless of his abilities as an allergist, he still is just as stupid to risk his career, his patients, his family, take advantage of his position/status & simply cause harm to people by being involved in TRAFFICKING drugs, cocaine!!!!!
mau August 30, 2012 at 11:46 PM
I must be going to a different doctor. 12 years and I have experienced none of what other commentators describe. Didn't even have an inkling that he had a drug problem. He has always been professional, compassionate, caring and friendly.
Zach September 21, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Dr. Armus is the best dermatologist in Racine bar none. I had severe acne and he developed a treatment plan that permanently cleared it and gave me the self confidence I severely lacked and desperately needed. Addiction affects people regardless of class, position, or age and those who succumb to it ARE NOT bad people. I think people need to be less judgmental and judge this man by his amazing talents and quality of care.
Nicholaas Van Hevelingen June 29, 2013 at 10:51 PM
I knew and worked closely for a period of eight months with Dr. Armus subsequent to his arrest . I can personally affirm that he underwent appropriate treatment for his cocaine addiction (a disease). It is my belief that he left treatment honestly and adamantly "cured." I know this because I was in treatment with him. I believe he is a man of integrity, personally and professionally. Nothing he told me suggested that, as alleged, his intent was to "distribute" cocaine. I am convinced that he purchased it, as alleged, for his use only. Dr. Armus is a highly qualified dermatologist whose first priority was to serve his patients to the very best of his ability. It is my hope that his forthcoming trial will acknowledge that our imperfections do not always outweigh our strengths and gifts, particularly when the former do not influence the latter.

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