Fake doctor pleads guilty to performing bogus surgeries

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.

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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


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