Phony Therapist Arrested on Two Outstanding Warrants

Dedrick Dwanu Weathersby of Vallejo was arrested on June 14, 2018, by investigators with the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (DOI).

Weathersby had two outstanding arrest warrants issued out of Santa Clara County and was charged with eight felonies and one misdemeanor related to his unlicensed practice as a therapist.

An investigation conducted by DOI’s Investigation and Enforcement Unit (IEU) Sacramento Field Office found that Weathersby, who has no professional license, allegedly used a counterfeit marriage and family therapist (LMFT) license to obtain employment in Santa Clara County in 2017.  Investigators found that Weathersby had previously obtained employment as a behavior consultant in San Mateo County from 2016 to 2017.

As part of his fraud, Weathersby allegedly used the name and license number of a LMFT to misrepresent that he was supervised by that LMFT.  He also allegedly produced a falsified diploma and transcript from one university and a falsified diploma from a second university.  Investigators found that Weathersby earned over $55,000 from his alleged fraud.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office charged Weathersby with six felony counts of identity theft, two felony counts of grand theft and one misdemeanor count of practicing as a clinical therapist without a license.

On April 20, 2018, the state Board of Behavioral Sciences issued Weathersby a citation and $5,000 fine for unlicensed activity.

Weathersby was arrested by investigators from IEU and booked into Solano County Jail without incident.  He is scheduled to appear in court on July 12, 2018.

 


San Francisco Bay Area Couple Charged with Practicing Medicine Without a License

Santa Clara husband and wife offered laser hair removal and laser skin rejuvenation

Todd and Kathleen Bragg of Santa Clara were arrested June 19, 2018, by the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (DOI). Todd Bragg, a chiropractor, and his wife, Kathleen, were each charged with one felony count of practicing medicine without a license and one misdemeanor count of advertising to practice medicine without a license. Todd Bragg was also charged with a felony count of aiding and abetting the practice of medicine without a license.

The arrest warrant was issued on June 19, 2018, by a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge.

The Braggs were investigated after DOI learned they owned and operated a business called “A Youthful Reflection” on Forest Avenue in San Jose that offered laser hair removal and skin rejuvenation. The Braggs hired registered nurses to perform the laser treatments and allegedly told the nurses that they could perform the laser treatments under the chiropractic license of Todd Bragg. Kathleen Bragg does not have any professional license. There was no physician associated with the business and no physician oversaw the laser treatments.

In California, laser hair removal can be legally performed by a physician, or by a physician’s assistant or registered nurse that is working under the supervision of a physician.  Unlicensed persons may not legally perform laser hair removal.

DOI investigated the nurses for performing the laser treatments without proper supervision by a physician and then investigated the Braggs for their alleged continued practice of advertising and performing laser hair removal and skin rejuvenation. The investigation included an undercover operation during which Kathleen Bragg allegedly offered to perform laser hair removal.

The investigation was conducted by DOI’s Investigation and Enforcement Unit (IEU) – Hayward Field Office and Enforcement Support Unit.  DOI’s Health Quality Investigation Unit (HQIU) and the San Jose Police Department assisted IEU in the arrest.

The Braggs are being prosecuted by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, Consumer and Environmental Protection Unit. The Board of Chiropractic Examiners has been notified of Todd Bragg’s arrest.

The Board of Registered Nursing has filed accusations against the nurses that worked for the Braggs, which can be read here:

ACCUSATION – TANYA MICHELLE COOK-RILEY

ACCUSATION – DIXIE LEIGH HERNANDEZ

ACCUSATION – ERIKA CRISTINA MACIAS

ACCUSATION – CHAU NGOC VU

 

 

 

 

 


Fake Doctor Facing 36 Years in Prison

San Francisco man posed as a physician assistant and performed plastic surgery.

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A jury has convicted Carlos Guzmangarza, of San Francisco, of 33 felonies and eight misdemeanors after he posed as a physician assistant and performed plastic surgery on numerous victims.

Guzmangarza faces up to 36 years in prison and is next slated to be in court on October 30, 2015, when a judge will schedule his sentencing date.

The Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation learned that from 2008 to 2011, Guzmangarza owned and operated Derma Clinic, a plastic surgery clinic located on Mission Street in San Francisco.

Guzmangarza, who is not licensed, impersonated a physician assistant and told patients that the clinic was operated by a doctor.  He then performed surgical procedures including liposuction, facelifts and buttock augmentations on patients.  The real physician and physician assistant had no knowledge that Guzmangarza was using their names and they were not affiliated with his clinic.

Investigators from the Division’s Health Quality Investigations Unit San Jose Field Office and the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office located numerous victims of Guzmangaraza’s practice.  Nine victims testified at the trial.

One victim stated that during her liposuction surgery, Guzmangarza was smoking a cigar and she had to hold up her own IV bag.  She also stated that the suite the liposuction was performed in lacked running water.  A few days after the procedure, Guzmangarza showed up at her house in order to flush the liposuction fat down her toilet.  This victim later developed an infection and had to have corrective surgery.

Guzmangarza was initially charged with 54 counts including rape, forced oral copulation, sexual battery, practicing without a license, identity theft, grand theft and false impersonation.  At the conclusion of the trial, 51 charges were submitted to the jury and Guzmangarza was found guilty of 41.  The jury did not find Guzmangarza guilty of the rape and oral copulation charges.

The District Attorney’s press release can be read at http://sfdistrictattorney.org/index.aspx?page=432.


Doctor and Husband Arrested In Connection with Death of Patient

PrintA Thousand Oaks doctor and her husband have been arrested in connection with the death of an elderly patient.

Dr. Ellen Crowe and Paul McQuillan, who own and operate House Call Doctor Thousand Oaks, were arrested May 13, 2015 following an investigation by the Division of Investigation’s Health Quality Investigation Unit and the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit.

Investigators allege the death of an elderly patient was related to treatment she received from McQuillan – who has no license or official medical training, and Crowe.

During a medical visit to the victim’s home last July, McQuillan allegedly injected the patient with morphine and she fell into a deep sleep. According to investigators’ reports, the morphine was provided by Crowe and ordered by another doctor. McQuillan allegedly left the residence before a technician from another company arrived to perform an ultrasound. McQuillan returned to the residence while the ultrasound was being conducted, when he realized the patient did not have a pulse and called 9-11. The patient was resuscitated by emergency responders, but never regained consciousness and died two days later.

McQuillan and Crowe were booked into the Ventura County Jail and secured bail. McQuillan faces charges for practicing medicine without a license and illegally furnishing morphine. Crowe faces charges for conspiracy to practice medicine without a license and conspiracy to furnish morphine. Additional charges and an additional arrest are possible.

McQuillan and Crowe will be arraigned in Ventura County Superior Court on May 27th.

Read the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit news release here.


NEWS: Husband and Wife Arrested for Practicing Medicine Without a License

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.

 


Investigation Leads to Arrest of Ventura Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

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A Ventura Doctor of Podiatric Medicine has been arrested after an investigation revealed he engaged in prescription fraud.

Dr. Randolph Nordyke was arrested last month at his home in San Diego after an investigation revealed he was falsifying prescriptions and doctor shopping. The investigation was conducted by the Division of Investigation’s Health Quality Investigation Unit – Valencia Field Office, the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Investigators discovered Nordyke – who was reportedly retired from practice, wrote prescriptions for oxycodone in the name of a former patient and posed as the patient’s husband to pick up the prescriptions. Investigators also determined he was doctor shopping in Ventura County in an attempt to obtain oxycodone prescriptions.

The investigation into his doctor shopping is ongoing and investigators are also working to determine if there are additional identity theft victims.

Following his arrest, Nordyke surrendered his privilege to prescribe controlled substances. His license with the California Board of Podiatric Medicine was on probation prior to his arrest and may face additional administrative actions.

Nordyke will appear before the Ventura County Superior Court to face charges of identity theft, unlawfully prescribing controlled substances, forging prescriptions and burglary.

Read the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office press release here.

 


Registered Nurse Arrested for Drug Diversion

A San Joaquin County Registered Nurse has been arrested for drug diversion.

Dana Davlin was arrested on February 12, 2015 as the result of an investigation led by the Division of Investigation’s Sacramento Field Office.

In February 2012, the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) received a complaint from Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation-Valley Gardens in Stockton alleging Davlin had diverted Vicodin and Norco from patients at the facility. The investigation revealed that on numerous occasions during November and December 2011 Davlin checked out medications for patients but never accounted for the narcotics.

Davlin appeared before the San Joaquin County Superior Court to face charges on obtaining controlled substances by fraud.

The BRN has filed an accusation against Davlin’s license and the matter is pending.


Undercover Operation Leads To Arrest And Felony Charges

shutterstock_125852813A southern California physician has been charged with a felony for practicing medicine without a valid license.

An undercover investigation into Foad Salehani, MD, by the Division of Investigation’s Operation Safe Medicine revealed he was practicing medicine illegally as he does not have a valid license to practice medicine from the Medical Board of California.

At the time of his arrest, not only did Salehani have an expired and suspended license, but he was also on probation with the Medical Board. The suspended license was for failing to comply with the terms of his probationary order.

Salehani will appear before the Los Angeles Superior Court to face charges. The Medical Board’s administrative case against him is pending.


Preliminary Hearing Scheduled for Doctor Facing Felony Charges

A preliminary hearing for a San Diego physician facing 24 felony charges has been scheduled for March 11, 2015, in the San Diego Superior Court.

Dr. Jeffrey Joel Abrams was arrested last November at a San Diego airport after the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office charged him with fifteen counts of sexual penetration of an unconscious person, eight counts of sexual battery, and one count of possession of child pornography.

The arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation – San Diego Field Office. It is alleged the crimes took place at a medical office in El Cajon. It is also alleged that Abrams had 1,300 pictures of nude or partially nude women in exam rooms on his cell phone, including a photo of a minor.

The Medical Board of California obtained an Interim Order of Suspension last October which immediately suspended his medical license and prohibited him from practicing medicine in California, pending further administrative action.

 


Three Arrested For The Unlicensed Practice Of Medicine

Three individuals have been arrested for the unlicensed practice of medicine and furnishing of dangerous drugs.

Araceli Ramirez, Laura Cervantes and Miguel Angel Juarez Dominguez – all from the Los Angeles area, were arrested as the result of an investigation by the Division of Investigation’s Operation Safe Medicine, and the Los Angeles County Health Authority Law Enforcement Task Force.

Investigators posing as customers at A & L Beauty in Los Angeles were diagnosed with medical conditions and provided dangerous drugs by the three individuals. The individuals are not licensed health care providers and cannot legally diagnose or treat medical conditions.

All three were taken into custody and booked at the Los Angeles County jail.