San Francisco man convicted of masquerading as doctor

Jan 9, 2016 1:26 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco man who pretended to be a doctor and illegally performed cosmetic procedures has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The San Francisco Chronicle ( ) says Carlos Guzmangarza was sentenced Friday for impersonating a physician.

Prosecutors say he had a phony clinic in the Mission District and performed illegal operations, such as liposuction, on at least nine women, some of whom he also sexually assaulted.

One patient said she was charged $3,000 for a liposuction that led to infection and required corrective surgery.

Authorities say in another case, Guzmangarza injected an unknown substance into the face of an acne sufferer, making the problem worse.

Prosecutors say he preyed on immigrants from Central America. He was convicted of 33 felonies and eight misdemeanors in October.


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