Carlos Guzmangarza, 49, was arrested Dec. 22. He faces as much as 12 years in state prison if convicted on charges of practicing medicine without a license, assault with force most likely to cause great bodily harm, battery causing serious bodily harm, false impersonation, identity theft and grand theft, prosecutors said.
He allegedly posed as a physician's assistant while performing cosmetic surgery on a woman and treating her daughter for acne, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday.
In addition to allegedly operating a phony clinic, Guzman Garza is accused of stealing the identity of a physician's assistant, and operating the clinic under the pretense that it was operated by a medical doctor.
Prosecutors said Guzmangarza performed liposuction on a Daly City, Calif., woman in 2010, smoking a cigar as he worked and getting the patient – who was conscious during the procedure – to hold an IV bag. Prosecutors said the woman became infected after the procedure and saw a legitimate doctor, before she learned Guzmangarza did not have a medical license, the newspaper reported.
A spokesman for the Medical Board of California said officials were "very happy to get this person off the street."