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 Federal Charges For The Illegal Sale Of Contact Lenses

Federal prosecutors have filed criminal charges against 12 defendants in the Los Angeles area for allegedly selling decorative and cosmetic contact lenses – including some that were contaminated, without prescriptions.

Charges were filed as a result of an investigation called operation “Cat Eyes” and was conducted by the United States Food and Drug Administration’s Import Operations Branch of the Los Angeles District Office, the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations, the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation Health Quality Investigation Unit, and the California Department of Public Health.

Contact lenses are prescription medical devices and are subject to FDA regulations and require prescriptions from medical professionals.

Read more about this case from the United State Department of Justice’s official press release here.


Investigation Finds Two Women Practicing Medicine Without Licenses

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SACRAMENTO – Two women face felony charges in Nevada County for allegedly practicing medicine without a license.

An investigation led by the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation Sacramento Field Office found Catherine Miller of Sacramento was falsely claiming to be a Naturopathic Doctor and Nancy Naumann of Grass Valley was falsely claiming to be a Physician Assistant. Each also faces a felony conspiracy charge and four misdemeanor charges.

Investigators found that in 2011 and 2013 Miller and Naumann advertised on Web sites with false and misleading statements about their qualifications. In 2007, Miller had been previously issued a citation by the Board of Registered Nursing for misidentifying herself as a Registered Nurse.

Miller and Naumann were ordered to appear in Nevada County Superior Court on October 6, 2014. Naumann was arraigned and her next court appearance is scheduled for November 20, 2014. Miller failed to appear in court and a warrant for her arrest has been issued.

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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.


Exam Subversion Defendant Pleads Guilty To Two Felonies

July 10, 2014

Will also pay $400,000 in restitution to the Department of Consumer Affairs

SACRAMENTO – A southern California man accused of subverting state licensing exams has pled guilty to two felony burglary counts and will pay $400,000 in restitution to the Department of Consumer Affairs.

Larry Holmes, Jr., and a business associate were arrested in January following an investigation by the Department of Consumer Affairs, Division of Investigation. The investigation revealed ACEAPP Training, which was operated by the pair, helped people cheat on numerous state licensing exams.

Exam materials for 12 different state-administered exams were illegally obtained affecting licensing entities including the Structural Pest Control Board, the Department of Pesticide Regulation, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Industrial Relations, the California Secretary of State and other departments.

“We are pleased with the outcome of this case,” said Susan Saylor, the Executive Officer of the Structural Pest Control Board, who originally requested the investigation. “Exam subversion is not only illegal, but it can put consumers at risk and will not be tolerated.”

As a result of the guilty plea, Holmes was sentenced to 30 days in county jail, 30 days of Caltrans work projects, placed on three years formal probation and ordered to pay $400,000 to the Department. He has already paid $200,000 and the rest will be paid over two years. A Superior Court Order was also issued against Holmes which suspends his Pest Control Operator’s license pending final resolution of his administrative case.

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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.