Preliminary Hearing Scheduled for Capitola Unlicensed Therapist

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Christin Izett of Capitola will be in Santa Cruz County Superior Court December 12, 2016, for a preliminary hearing on charges of theft by false pretenses after she billed for counseling services that she was not licensed to provide.

An investigation conducted by the Investigation and Enforcement Unit-Hayward Field Office of the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (DOI) found that Izett, a former marriage and family therapist intern whose intern license expired in 2012, continued to offer counseling services and billed patients for those services. Between 2012 and 2014, while working for a clinic in Santa Cruz, Izett allegedly misled patients into believing that she was a licensed marriage and family therapist and billed them thousands of dollars.

The Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office charged Izett with ten felony counts of theft by false pretenses.

The case was referred to DOI after the Board of Behavioral Sciences received numerous consumer complaints about Izett.

 

 


Preliminary Hearing Set For Southern California Man Facing Felony Charges

PrintA southern California man has been charged with 11 felonies after an investigation revealed he was illegally using licenses belonging to an Architect and Professional Engineer.

An investigation by the Division of Investigation’s (DOI) Chatsworth Field Office into Juan “Gary” Padilla Alzona, of Torrance, revealed he used license numbers that did not belong to him in order to portray himself as a licensed professional. The California Architects Board received numerous complaints that Alzona was posing as an architect and due to the serious nature of the allegations, the Board forwarded the case to the DOI for criminal investigation. One victim reported a loss of more than $55,000.

For approximately two to three years, Alzona operated a business called Sol Lunar, in Venice, through which he posed as a licensed professional. He illegally used license numbers belonging to an Architect and a Professional Engineer along with forged professional stamps and signatures to submit building plans to the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety. Alzona is not licensed as an Architect or Professional Engineer.

Alzona appeared in the Los Angeles Superior Court to face felony charges for identity theft, submitting false information to a public agency, forgery, grand theft, and forging an official seal. He pled not guilty and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 16, 2015.

The Department of Consumer Affairs urges consumers to verify license information before allowing anyone to perform professional services. Licenses can be verified here.


Eleven Face Criminal Charges For Allegedly Forging Transcripts In An Attempt To Become Registered Nurses

Ten Licensed Vocational Nurses and one Psychiatric Technician are facing criminal charges in California for allegedly using fake transcripts to try to become Registered Nurses. All were arrested as a result of a multi-agency probe involving the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (DOI) Hayward Field Office, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The investigation discovered the 11 individuals used false and forged school transcripts from the Philippines in their Registered Nurse application in California and New Mexico. The individuals facing charges are: Voltaire Mendoza Alivia, Alain N. Andres, Leilani Orioque Baluyot, Ma Theresa Ungos Perez, Allen Dejamco Tan, Elma D. Viernes and Marissa T. Villaroman all from Orange County, and Mutya Fides Abitan Generoso, Lorna A. Ignacio, Leonara Villaflor Guevara and Daniel Endique Centeno all from Los Angeles County.

Charges were filed against the individuals by the District Attorney’s Office in their respective counties. The Division of Investigation worked with HIS and the IRS’ Criminal Investigation Division to pursue the case.

“Protecting consumers from unqualified and potentially harmful individuals is our top priority,” said Division of Investigation Chief Michael Gomez. “We would like to thank everyone for their hard work on this case and helping bring this forgery ring to light.”

Another woman, Joanne Keeney who resides in the Philippines, is suspected of supplying the falsified transcripts to the eleven individuals in this case. She is also accused of providing false transcripts to seven Registered Nurses that plead guilty to forgery earlier in the year. There is an outstanding warrant issued for her arrest.

The Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians has filed accusations against eight of the individuals and matters against the others are pending.