The goal of protecting consumers is paramount to the staff of the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (DOI). DOI works closely with District Attorneys’ Offices and other law enforcement agencies to ensure that goal is met.
Below are updates on three previously posted cases which were investigated by the staff of the Investigation and Enforcement Unit’s San Diego Field Office, Chatsworth Field Office and the Health Quality Investigation Unit’s – Tustin Field Office.
Dr. Jeffrey Joel Abrams
On September 25, 2015, a San Diego physician who sexually assaulted female patients – one victim was eight-years old – and took explicit photographs of them with his cellphone at an El Cajon clinic for low-income patients, was sentenced to one year of house arrest and five years probation. Also, Dr. Jeffrey Abrams, 68, must register as a sex offender. Abrams’ license to practice medicine has been suspended by the Medical Board of California since October 2014.
A Southern California man known as “Doctor Hector” was convicted of practicing veterinary medicine without a license. On October 7, 2015, Hector Menjivar was sentenced to serve 30 days in county jail, 36 months of probation, complete 500 hours of community service, attend 16 animal cruelty counseling program sessions and he must avoid the Holiday Humane Vet Clinic in North Hollywood.
Kim Anna Arvdalen
The owner of The Chocolate Day Spa in Orange County, who was charged with conspiring and aiding and abetting in the unlicensed practice of medicine, entered a guilty plea on September 24, 2015. Kim Arvdalen is required to pay restitution in the amount of $8,000 and serve 100 hours of community service. Arvdalen will also be required to serve three years of informal probation.