DA: More allegations against fake Mission district lipo doctor 

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More victims are coming forward with accusations about a man who is alleged to have posed as a doctor in the Mission district and performed a dangerously cheap liposuction while puffing on a cigar, prosecutors said.

Carlos Guzmangarza, 49, who also is accused of flushing 6 pounds of fat in the toilet of the lipo victim’s home, allegedly ran a clinic from hell on Mission Street, prosecutors have said.

The San Francisco resident was arrested in late-December on suspicion of performing nightmare treatments without a license on a female patient and her daughter. He has pleaded not guilty to a litany of felony charges. But during a court hearing Tuesday, prosecutors introduced a third accuser who claims Guzmangarza groped her during a shady exam.

To reflect additional charges Guzmangarza faces for the third allegation, a judge increased his bail by $110,000 to $860,000, prosecutors said. He remains in custody.

Stephanie Ong Stillman, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office, said Wednesday there might be more charges filed during a March 5 status hearing.

“Since we filed charges last December, we are learning there may be more potential victims,” Stillman said.

Guzmangarza allegedly operated a fraudulent medical practice named the Derma Clinic. He impersonated an actual physician’s assistant named Carlos Guzman, prosecutors said.

A woman came to Guzmangarza’s Derma Clinic in early 2010 looking for liposuction in her abdomen and an eye lift after local doctors gave her much higher quotes for the procedures, authorities have said.  Guzmangarza reportedly offered to perform the work for $3,000.

During the operation, prosecutors have said, Guzmangarza lit up a cigar and had the woman hold an IV bag during the operation. A few days later, he allegedly came to her home with a bag of fat he had removed during the procedure and dumped it down her toilet, although the reason why is unknown.

The woman’s abdomen later became infected and she was forced to seek treatment from a real doctor, which is when she learned Guzmangarza was a fake, prosecutors said.

Guzmangarza also allegedly administered facial injections to cure the woman’s daughter’s acne problems.

“We encourage people to come forward and let our office know if you have been treated by the defendant,” Stillman said, adding that victims can call investigator Douglas Becker of the Medical Board of California at (408) 437-3680 or Lt. Carlos Sanchez of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office at (415) 551-9500.

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