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Arrested doctor speaks out about closed clinic

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WILMINGTON -- First we brought you the story of Atlantic Health Clinic in Wilmington abruptly shutting down. Then we discovered authorities arrested the doctor at the clinic. Now Dr. Wesley Johnson is speaking exclusively to WWAY NewsChannel 3's Meghan Torjussen about his arrest, saying it's not what it seems.

Dr. Johnson says Atlantic Health Clinic was responsible for making his child support payments, the money garnished right out of his paycheck.

But he recently found out his ex-wife and daughter were not getting the money.

Dr. Johnson said, "I'm very angry and I'm frustrated."

What's more, Dr. Johnson wasn't getting paid either. The clinic owes him more than $40,000.

Dr. Johnson said, "We aren't getting paid, the IRS did put a freeze on our accounts because of the back taxes that weren't paid by the Atlantic Health Clinic."

And he now knows where his money was going.

Stacks of carbon copies of Atlantic Health Clinic checks reveal thousands in non-business related expenses. Checks to Reeds Jewelers, Direct TV and a mortgage payments for the house where the owner's daughter lives.

Dr. Johnson said, "Bills weren't being paid and we were getting collection calls and so forth."

Then, a bad situation got worse.

Johnson was arrested in June for not paying child support -- payments he said he had no control over.

By order of the court Atlantic Health was supposed to write the checks.

Dr. Johnson said, "Number one: I have a daughter and it was supposed to be arranged that it was a guarantee that that money would be paid for her and also the alimony to my ex-wife to take care of her that wasn't done."

On top of his legal woes, Johnson says his reputation is now tarnished too -- all because Atlantic Health Clinic.

"When your reputation gets sullied it's hard to get another job," Dr. Johnson said. "And now I'm looking for another job."

When we spoke with Tammi Creasy last week she said the clinic was temporarily closed down because of a family emergency. She said it had nothing to do with finances. Dr. Johnson says he does not think the clinic will ever open its doors again.

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