Glendale man is accused of illegally performing medical procedures and assaulting a woman
Antonio Nozar, of Glendale, will be in court on January 25, 2017, to face two misdemeanor charges of sexual battery and three misdemeanor counts of practicing medicine without a license.
Nozar, who owns Smooth Skin Laser Clinic on Broadway in Glendale, is accused of inappropriately touching a female patient during a cosmetic procedure he was allegedly illegally performing.
The Department of Consumer Affairs’ Operation Safe Medicine unit within the Division of Investigation’s Health Quality Investigation Unit conducted a joint investigation with the Glendale Police Department after a victim alleged that Nozar had inappropriately touched her breasts and vaginal area during a laser hair removal treatment in 2015.
The investigation showed that in addition to allegedly committing sexual battery, Nozar had been illegally performing cosmetic procedures. Nozar is not licensed as a doctor, physician assistant or registered nurse. Investigators learned that another woman had reported similar allegations in 2009, but the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges due to insufficient evidence.
Shortly before his arrest in August 2016, a third victim reported that Nozar had touched her inappropriately during a treatment earlier this year.
Physician Hooshang Tabibian, of Los Angeles, has been charged with one misdemeanor count of aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine. Tabibian allegedly accepted money from Nozar in exchange for allowing Nozar to use his name to make the clinic appear legitimate.
The law requires that the patient receive an examination from a physician or nurse practitioner before receiving cosmetic treatments. Tabibian allegedly never met any of Nozar’s victims. Tabibian will be in court on January 25, 2017, at which time the Attorney General’s Office on behalf of the Medical Board of California will request an order restricting Tabibian’s ability to practice as a physician for the duration of the criminal proceedings.
The Medical Board of California has published a list of frequently asked questions regarding cosmetic treatments, which can be read here.
Anyone with additional information about Nozar can contact the Medical Board. Complaints against Nozar can be filed here.
Consumers can file complaints against any Department of Consumer Affairs’ licensees here.
The Los Angeles Times story can be read here.