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    Brea man who pretended to be a doctor arrested again in alleged plan to open new clinic
    • February 22, 2024

    Less than two weeks after being released from prison for impersonating a medical doctor and performing unlicensed medical procedures, a 63-year-old Brea man was arrested for the second time, after allegedly trying to open a new Botox business, prosecutors said Thursday.

    The man, identified as Elias Renteria Segoviano, is described as a fake doctor who previously targeted Spanish-speaking women and performed unlicensed medical procedures using “potentially counterfeit” Botox, fillers, and other medical drugs, Orange County District Attorney spokesperson Kimberly Edds said.

    In April 2023, he pleaded guilty to multiple felonies and misdemeanors, including 13 felony counts of unauthorized practice of medicine. At least 28 victims have been identified in Segoviano’s illegal practice, which began in 2019.

    He was released from prison Dec. 22, 2023 after serving one year and four months.

    Segoviano is accused of trying to sublet a space at Phenix Salon Suites in Brea and allegedly giving two suite owners a fake name before entering into a sublease agreement with one of the suite owners.

    After learning about his previous criminal behavior from news coverage, the owner canceled the agreement, prosecutors said.

    Segoviano is being charged with a misdemeanor count of falsely representing himself as a licensed medical practitioner and two felony counts of the unauthorized practice of medicine, the District Attorney’s Office said.

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    ​ Orange County Register