Click HERE to read more.
Man was also charged with sexual battery against patients
A former psychiatrist was recently charged by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office with felony sexual exploitation and misdemeanor sexual battery, following an investigation into reports of sexual misconduct.
Leon Fajerman of El Cajon, practiced out of offices in San Diego, El Cajon, Chula Vista, and San Ysidro. Between 2016 and 2017, Fajerman is alleged to have engaged in sexual acts with seven patients, resulting in a felony sexual exploitation charge, and to have committed sexual battery against four patients and a patient’s mother, resulting in eight misdemeanor sexual battery charges.
Fajerman surrendered his license to practice medicine to the Medical Board of California on May 15, 2018, following an investigation conducted by the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (DOI), Health Quality Investigation Unit-San Diego Field Office with assistance from the Chula Vista Police and San Diego Police departments.
DOI investigators arrested Fajerman on May 24, 2018, with assistance from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
Fajerman was released from custody on May 25, 2018.
Documents related to the surrender of Fajerman’s license can be read here.
The news release issued by the Medical Board can be read here.
Lee Marie Brown, of Carmichael, was arrested March 15, 2018, by the Department of Consumer Affairs’ (DCA) Division of Investigation (DOI) – Sacramento Field Office. Brown has been charged with three felonies including grand theft, embezzlement by a trustee and embezzlement or theft from an elder or dependent adult.
The arrest warrant was issued by a Sacramento County Superior Court judge.
Brown was investigated after DCA’s Board of Behavioral Sciences learned that she was acting as a therapist and working with vulnerable clients, including the elderly. Investigators with DOI’s Investigation and Enforcement Unit (IEU) learned that Brown was also allegedly advertising as a “psychotherapist” and a “MFCC” (marriage, family, and child counselor). Brown, who was formerly a marriage and family therapist intern, has not held any professional license since 2001.
In 2013, the board issued a $5,000 citation and Order of Abatement to Brown. She was ordered to cease and desist from providing psychotherapeutic services without a license.
Following the Order of Abatement, Brown allegedly continued to provide therapy services to multiple individuals. She also became the trustee of a special needs trust account whose beneficiaries were dependent adults. Investigators served multiple search warrants and found that Brown had allegedly used thousands of dollars in funds from the trust to make personal purchases and billed the trust thousands of dollars for therapy services that she was not licensed to provide.
Brown is being prosecuted by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Special Investigations and Public Integrity Unit.
Brown was arraigned on March 19, 2018. She is scheduled to be back in court on May 22, 2018.
A Fresno physician accused of participating in illegal Botox parties was in court on March 20, 2018, and a registered nurse (RN) has pleaded no contest in the case.
The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office charged Dr. Robert Adams Graham with one felony count of aiding or abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine, while RN Rebekah Suzanne Demoss, of Kingsburg, recently pleaded no contest to dispensing and furnishing dangerous drugs and was sentenced to 180 days in jail.
An investigation conducted by the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation – Investigation and Enforcement Unit (IEU) Central Valley Field Office determined that Graham teamed up with Demoss, who owned ZLB Rejuvenation on Draper Street in Kingsburg, and he allegedly allowed her to use his name to order prescription drugs.
Undercover operations found that Demoss traveled to homes and day spas to host Botox parties and spa nights. During these events, Demoss injected patients with Botox and Juvederm and offered to sell them Latisse. These products are prescription medications and must be purchased by a physician. Patients must be examined by a physician or a nurse practitioner before receiving these drugs.
The investigation found that Graham did not perform any examinations of the patients that Demoss injected and he did not review any patient medical records related to the cosmetic treatments. Graham was also not aware of when, what or how much medication Demoss ordered, or where she ordered it.
If convicted, Graham faces a sentence of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $10,000 under Business and Professions Code 2052(a).
The Medical Board of California has filed an accusation against Graham, which can be read HERE.
The Board of Registered Nursing has filed an accusation against Demoss, which can be read HERE.
Orange County pair posed as Registered Nurses and offered laser treatments
Snezhana Semenov, of Dana Point, and Matthew Tinnes, of Laguna Niguel, will appear in Orange County Superior Court on December 13, 2017, in an ongoing case where they face felony charges of receiving stolen property and practicing medicine without a license.
Investigators from Operation Safe Medicine in the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation’s Health Quality Investigation Unit, worked with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department after a medical device was stolen from another medical spa and traced to New Way Beauty in Laguna Niguel.
Semenov owned and operated New Way Beauty in Laguna Niguel, where Tinnes was employed.
Investigators conducted undercover operations and found that Semenov and Tinnes allegedly represented themselves as Registered Nurses and offered to perform laser treatments for hair removal and melasma, a skin discoloration.
Neither Semenov nor Tinnes have professional health care licenses. Semenov and Tinnes were arrested in May and the charges were filed in July. Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. Their preliminary hearing is scheduled to begin in January 2018.
The California Department of Consumer Affairs’ (DCA) Division of Investigation (DOI) serves as the law enforcement arm of DCA.
DOI protects California consumers and licensees by investigating violations of California’s law, regulations and professional standards.
Established in 1961, DOI provides law enforcement investigative services that focus on consumer protection for the boards, bureaus, programs, committees, and commissions within DCA.
DOI is unique from other law enforcement units because of the type of work assigned and how that work is executed. Additionally, DOI appreciates what is most important to their employees and promotes a healthy work-life balance that does not include rotating assignments and rarely includes evenings or weekends.
Additional advantages of becoming a DOI investigator include:
- A state vehicle for on-duty use
- Specialized training and assignments
- Peace officer safety retirement and access to 401(k) and 457 retirement plans
- A competitive salary and longevity pay
- Paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
- Education incentive and career advancement
- Comprehensive benefits
For individuals at the beginning or middle portion of the career ladder, including those considering a second career, DOI may be the right fit for you.
To learn more about DOI, watch the following video or visit their blog site at dca-division-of-investigation.blog.
Kern County Superior Court issued an arrest warrant and Hill was taken into custody on Oct. 6, 2017, by the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (DOI) with assistance from the Bakersfield Police Department.
Click HERE to view the full news release.
A West Hollywood man has been arrested on suspicion of identity theft after he was found impersonating a registered nurse.
Registered Nurse Allison Joann Guster, of Chico, will be arraigned on June 2, 2017, in Butte County Superior Court. She has been charged with one felony count of elder abuse following the death of a patient that was in her care. The charge filed by the Butte County District Attorney’s Office includes a seven year enhancement due to the age of the patient.
Guster was a night-shift nurse, assigned to care for a patient recovering from surgery. The investigation revealed that after the patient was found dead in her room early the next morning, Guster allegedly made false entries in the patient’s medical record to indicate that she had been monitoring the patient throughout the night. Video surveillance showed that Guster had not been in the patient’s room for over six hours.
The case was investigated by the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation, Investigation and Enforcement Unit, Sacramento Field Office.
The Board of Registered Nursing is reviewing the case and will take disciplinary action against Guster’s license as appropriate.
Click HERE to view the Butte County District Attorney’s Office press release.
Jennifer Renee Carter, of Rohnert Park, a licensed Vocational Nurse, was arrested on April 13, 2017, on two felony charges of prescription forgery and obtaining a prescription by fraud.
Investigators from the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (DOI), Investigation and Enforcement Unit (IEU), Sacramento Field Office, obtained an arrest warrant for Carter on April 6th after IEU’s investigation found that she had stolen prescription forms from her employer, a Santa Rosa area hospital, and had written two oxycodone prescriptions for herself.
Carter’s alleged crimes were discovered when employees of a Walgreens pharmacy contacted the hospital to verify the authenticity of the prescriptions. The physician whose signature was forged on the prescriptions was unaware of Carter’s actions.
Carter was booked into Lake County Jail without incident and has since been released on bond. Her arraignment hearing is scheduled for Monday, June 12, 2017 at 8:00am.
The Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians is reviewing the case and will take disciplinary action against Carter’s license as appropriate.