If you used a Groupon to get plastic surgery at Advanced MedSpa in Rocklin, California, then you can't be surprised that the discounted surgery was not up to par or that the doctor was arrested today. Agents from the Franchise Tax Board and the Drug Enforcement Agency swooped down on the home and office of Dr Efrain Diego Gonzalez on Friday morning, taking him (and his wife) away in handcuffs. According to a 94-page complaint filed by the Medical Board of California and Attorney General’s office, the good doc permanently disfigured 15 patients he operated on. He was charged with a slew of changes, including mayhem and battery, grand theft, false advertising and aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine. Oh, he also owes $59,047.30 in back taxes.
Sidebar: Back in 2006, Dr Gonzalez, who's a gynecologist, lost his medical license in in Puerto Rico for practicing plastic surgery without being certified as a plastic surgeon, which is required by law there. In California, any licensed doctor could legally perform any medical procedure regardless of their medical training. Keep that in mind.