SACRAMENTO – A Downey, California husband and wife have been arrested for the unlicensed practice of medicine.
Jose Alfredo Martinez and Emma Haydee Gonzalez were arrested Thursday following an investigation by the Health Quality Investigations Unit within the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation as part of its ongoing Operation Safe Medicine.
Investigators received a tip that Martinez, a former physician who lost his license in 2005, was practicing medicine without a license. Investigators posed as patients and received treatments during their visits with Martinez.
The investigation also revealed that Gonzalez was illegally administering injections and providing prescriptions to patients.
Martinez, in addition to the felony charges of practicing medicine without a license, has been charged with probation violations.
Martinez and Gonzalez remain in custody. Martinez will appear in Downey Municipal Court on May 11, 2015. A court date for Gonzalez has not yet been set.
Martinez’s 2005 revocation records can be found here.
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The Department of Consumer Affairs promotes and protects the interests of California Consumers. Consumers can file complaints against licensees by contacting the Department of Consumer Affairs at (800) 952-5210. Consumers can also file a complaint online at www.dca.ca.gov.