More than 50 victims eventually came forward in the case against Carlos Hernandez Fernandez, 37, a surgical assistant in Denver, CO, who was accused of posing as a plastic surgeon and performing a myriad of plastic surgery procedures including facelifts, rhinoplasties, tummy tucks and more—without using anesthesia.
Fernandez plead guilty to second-degree felony assault, criminal impersonation and unauthorized practice of a physician and received a six year prison sentence followed by three years of parole and six years of probation. He is also ordered to pay $189,222 in restitution to the victims who have come forward. Fernandez began operating in January 2015 and officials believe there are more victims who have not come forward as the fake doctor had mainly targeted illegal immigrants.
Originally Published August 30, 2016
A Denver surgical assistant is facing 14 felony charges for criminal impersonation, illegally practicing as a medical doctor and unlawful sexual contact with a patient after authorities were alerted by former patients that he was practicing without a license. Carlos Hernandez Fernandez, 36, is accused of performing surgery on patients without anesthesia and operating a plastic surgery clinic without a license. For more than a year and a half, Fernandez performed numerous surgical procedures, including tummy tucks, facelifts and liposuction on unwitting victims who believed he was a licensed surgeon. The Denver district attorney’s office says the fake doctor has cause bodily harm to at least four former patients who reported botched surgery results, two of which have also reported unlawful sexual contact.
The fake surgeon opened the cosmetic surgery clinic in January 2015 and performed countless procedures without the use of general anesthesia. One victim, Maria, who asked that her last name not be released, spoke through her attorney with Denver news station CBS4 and said that although she was given something to dull the pain before a mini-tummy tuck, she could still feel the scalpel cutting into her during the operation. Attorney Anthony Lucero, who spoke on behalf of the victim said, “She felt the actual cutting of her skin. They do a form of liposuction. She felt every minute of it while it was going on and complained to the doctor.”