Fake doctor pleads guilty to performing bogus surgeries
A fake Sparks doctor who authorities said performed cosmetic surgeries in homes without a medical license has pleaded guilty to one felony count of practicing medicine without a license.
The plea May 18 wiped out the trial that was supposed to begin Monday for Edgar Orozco-Abundis, 40.
Authorities said Orozco-Abundis was targeting illegal immigrants who were looking for weight loss solutions and to beautify their appearances.
Deputy District Attorney Nathan Edwards said sentencing is scheduled for July 17 before Washoe District Judge David Hardy.
Edwards said what likely will occur is that Orozco-Abundis, an illegal immigrant, will get a suspended prison term and be ordered to probation. He said a deportation order will then cause Orozco-Abundis’ removal from the country.
According to police, Orozco-Abundis said he was a licensed medical doctor in Mexico. He was arrested in September after a woman reported to police he had performed a nose job on her inside her Sparks apartment, according to authorities.
The woman said he repaid her nearly $8,000 cash surgery fee with a bogus check after she learned the state health division told him to stop proceedures because he didn’t have a license, according to authorities.
Another woman paid him nearly $8,000 in August for a stomach stapling that was performed in front of her husband in their apartment, authorities said. She told detectives that he was going to later perform a breast and butttocks augmentation, authorities said.
In July, a cellphone video recording was made of Orozco-Abundis performing a nose job and stomach stapling inside his apartment, authorities said. That surgery was performed to settle a $7,500 loan that Orozco-Abundis was unable to pay, authorities said.
The three victims were not seriously injured by the medical work, authorities said.
Source : rgj