Brea man posing as doctor performed invasive cosmetic procedures, targeting Spanish speakers: OCDA
A Brea man has been charged after allegedly impersonating a doctor and performing invasive cosmetic procedures including Botox injections, lip and facial fillers and thread lift procedures on victims unsuspecting, officials said Thursday.
Elias Renteria Segoviano, 61, is accused of targeting Spanish-speaking women to perform the unauthorized procedures, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Segoviano allegedly performed invasive procedures and injected victims with Botox, fillers, anesthetics and other potentially counterfeit drugs that “put the public at extreme risk,” officials said.
Segoviano was arrested July 19 at his Botox business in Anaheim at 935 South Brookhurst St.
He reportedly used social media to advertise his services to potential clients, including videos and posts on Facebook, TikTok and other platforms, officials said. Additionally, he used different aliases, including “Dr. Elias,” “Dr. Elias Renteria,” “Dr. Elias Renteria MD,” and even used the “ELIASMD” vanity plaque, officials said.
Segoviano has reportedly used other locations for his illegal practice since 2019, including 339 La Habra Blvd., in La Habra. Various trade names have been used for its unauthorized practice, including “Botox in Anaheim”, “Botox in Anaheim – Health and Beauty”, “Neurotoxina Botulinica – Massage Service”, “Threads in Anaheim”, “Threads La Habra”, Botox La Habra. and “OC Threads, Botox & Fillers.”
He was charged with one count each of unauthorized practice of medicine, false display of a medical license and perjury.
He also faces a misdemeanor count of misrepresenting himself as a licensed physician, representing a license that was not issued to him, misrepresenting his qualifications and making himself impersonate a professional nurse or claim to be licensed to practice nursing.
Segoviano faces a maximum sentence of five years and four months in state prison if convicted on all counts.
He pleaded not guilty and is being held on $1 million bail.
“Healthcare professionals are highly trained and highly regulated for a reason,” District Attorney Todd Spitzer said. “These women trusted this person with the training and expertise to perform these medical procedures, and instead they unknowingly put their lives in the hands of someone who didn’t. had no idea what they were doing.”
Authorities believe more people may have been treated by Segoviano. They urge other victims to report any illegal proceedings to Investigator T. Hoang at 714-834-6538.
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