FORMER El CAJON PSYCHIATRIST ARRESTED FOR FELONY SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

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.


Fresno Area Doctor Charged in Illegal Botox Parties, Nurse Pleads No Contest

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.

 


Illegal Buttocks Enhancement Procedure Lands Woman in Prison

 

A Monterey Park woman has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for injecting a woman with an unknown substance that was smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico.

Ana Bertha Diaz Hernandez, 47, who is not a physician and did not have any professional licenses in the U.S., was sentenced by a federal judge on March 5, 2018, after pleading guilty to one count of receiving and administering an adulterated and misbranded liquid substance and admitting that she injected the liquid substance into the victim during a body contouring procedure that included buttocks enhancement. As part of the plea agreement, Diaz Hernandez will also pay a $95,000 fine and $30,000 restitution to her victim.

The conviction was the result of a joint investigation conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Criminal Investigations, and Operation Safe Medicine, part of the Health Quality Investigation Unit (HQIU) within the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation.

In December 2016, the Medical Board of California received a complaint alleging that Diaz Hernandez had injected a victim with an unknown substance during an enhancement procedure.  HQIU investigators learned the procedure involved a series of treatments at Diaz Hernandez’s home.  During the contouring process, Diaz Hernandez claimed to be a doctor and mislead the victim about the safety of the injections.

Following the procedure, the unknown substance migrated into the victim’s back, hips and legs and she underwent surgery to remove the foreign substance from her body. She was eventually hospitalized due to infections and complications from the procedure and received skin grafts to repair the damage.

HQIU investigators alerted the FDA and HQIU and FDA investigators teamed up to inspect trash from Diaz Hernandez’s home, where they found bottles of Spanish-labeled medical products and empty syringe packaging. Investigators then conducted surveillance on Diaz Hernandez’s home and served a search warrant.

Drugs and medical devices are considered adulterated when they are used for a purpose other than the use they have been approved or cleared for marketing by the FDA. Drugs and medical devices are considered misbranded when their labeling does not have adequate directions and warnings for use under U.S. law or when prescription drugs are dispensed without a written or oral prescription by a licensed medical practitioner.

Diaz Hernandez was arrested in June 2017 and reached a plea agreement with the United States Attorney’s Office in July 2017.

The United States Attorney’s Office news releases can be read HERE.

 


Day Spa Owner Charged with Aiding in the Unlicensed Practice of Medicine

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The owner of a day spa has been charged with a felony after a customer was burned during treatment.

Kim Anna Arvdalen, owner of The Chocolate Day Spa, has been charged with one felony count of conspiring and aiding and abetting in the unlicensed practice of medicine.  The spa, which was located on Bristol Street in Costa Mesa, is now closed.

Arvdalen’s co-conspirator, registered nurse Mary C. Lamb, was charged with one felony count of practicing medicine without a license.  Since the filing of criminal charges, Lamb has passed away.

The felony charge against Arvdalen was filed by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office after an investigation conducted through the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation by the Health Quality Investigation Unit Tustin Field Office.

The investigation stemmed from a consumer complaint that was sent to the Medical Board of California.  The complaint alleged that a patient was burned and scarred after receiving intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment from Lamb at The Chocolate Day Spa.

When the patient later obtained copies of her medical records, they contained a release form she denied signing.  The release form was co-signed by the spa’s medical director, Dr. James McVeigh, who died one month before the form was purportedly signed.

Lamb admitted that she had performed both IPL treatments and laser hair removal on the patient without the patient receiving a medical evaluation from McVeigh or from any other physician as required by law.  Registered nurses may only perform these treatments while working under the supervision of a physician and only after the patient has been evaluated by that physician.

Arvdalen was licensed as an esthetician from 2004 to 2012, but her license is currently delinquent.  She pleaded not guilty on July 8, 2015.  She will be in court again on September 24, 2015.


Undercover Operation by DOI Safe Medicine Unit Uncovers Unlicensed Practice of Medicine

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A San Gabriel physician and a Registered Nurse could face possible disciplinary action against their licenses for illegally administering Botox at a medical spa.

An investigation conducted by the Division of Investigation’s Operation Safe Medicine Unit found that a Registered Nurse was offering Botox, laser hair removal, and other medical procedures without the supervision of a physician, as required by California law.  Registered Nurses are allowed to perform some medical procedures, but only upon receipt of instructions from a doctor and within specific limitations.

Eastern Beauty Medical Spa, in San Gabriel, was owned by Dr. Edwin Choi and by Registered Nurse Lydia Perkins.  During two undercover operations, it was discovered that Perkins was conducting medical consultations, providing medical recommendations, and then performing medical procedures without having consulted Dr. Choi or any other physician.

In March  2015, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged Perkins with two misdemeanor counts for practicing medicine without a license.  Dr. Choi was charged with two misdemeanor counts of aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine.

The results of the investigations have been forwarded to the Board of Registered Nursing for consideration of disciplinary action against Perkins’ license. The Medical Board of California will take the appropriate action regarding Dr. Choi’s license following the outcome of the criminal prosecution.


Jury Trial Scheduled to Begin for Man Accused of Practicing Medicine Without a License on Chronically Ill Patients

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A Jury Trial is scheduled to begin in May in the case of Robert Oldham Young, a Valley Center man accused of practicing medicine without a license and grand theft.

An undercover investigation led by the Division of Investigation’s Operation Safe Medicine Unit and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office found that Young had been using intravenous medications to treat chronically ill patients, despite not having a license to practice medicine.  Patients were charged large sums of money, up to $50,000.00 for Young’s treatments.  Some patients died while in Young’s care at the PH Miracle Center.

On January 24, 2014, Young pled not guilty to eighteen felony charges, including practicing medicine without a license and grand theft.  After a two week Preliminary Hearing in November 2014, a judge ordered that there was sufficient evidence to proceed with a jury trial.  Young will face six felony charges.

Young’s trial is scheduled to begin on May 12, 2015 in San Diego County Superior Court, North County Division, Vista Regional Center, Department 5.

See Medical Board of California’s news release here.


Seven Arrested and Charged in Medical Marijuana Scheme

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Seven individuals face felony charges in Santa Clara County for their illegal involvement in medical marijuana clinics.

An investigation led by the California Department of Consumer Affairs, Division of Investigation San Jose Field Office, found that Mykhailo Malenkov was illegally operating four medical marijuana clinics in San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley, and Sacramento. The investigation revealed the clinics were medical marijuana recommendation mills that generated millions of dollars for an organized criminal enterprise.

Under California law, medical clinics must be owned by a doctor, which Malenkov is not.  Malenkov allegedly hired Dr. Charles Nordlinger to act as the clinic’s owner. Malenkov paid Dr. Nordlinger and Dr. Bennie Brown to sign medical marijuana recommendations without performing exams.  The clinic took payment in cash, which was believed to have been sent overseas to be laundered.

In February 2015, Malenkov was charged with six felony counts for unlicensed practice of medicine, conspiracy, and money laundering.  Dr. Nordlinger was charged with two felony counts for aiding the unlicensed practice of medicine and perjury.  Dr. Brown was charged with one felony count of aiding the unlicensed practice of medicine.

Four other individuals were also charged for involvement in the scheme.  Olexandr Filippov was charged with one felony count for unlicensed practice of medicine.  Gayane Baran was charged with one felony count of aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine.  Michelle Alejo was charged with one felony count of aiding the unlicensed practice of medicine and one misdemeanor count of obstructing an investigation.  Savannah Sedgwick was charged with one felony count of aiding the unlicensed practice of medicine and one misdemeanor count of obstructing an investigation.

Dr. Brown was also charged with a felony count of aiding the unlicensed practice of medicine in Sacramento County.  His next court appearance in that county will be March 25, 2015.  Superior Court Judges in both Santa Clara and Sacramento have ordered Dr. Brown not to work at any marijuana recommendation clinic.

The Medical Board of California will pursue disciplinary action, as appropriate, against the doctors’ licenses.


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.