SANTA ANA (CNS) – A 61-year-old Brea man has been charged with providing various medical procedures without a medical license, prosecutors said Thursday.
Elias Renteria Segoviano was charged July 15 with perjury, attempting to file a false or forged instrument, unauthorized practice of medicine, all felonies, as well as misdemeanor counts of false indications of medical license, representing a license not issued to him, misrepresentation of qualifications and impersonating a professional nurse or pretending to be licensed to practice nursing. He pleaded not guilty Tuesday.
Segoviano was previously charged with misdemeanor battery in a domestic violence case, according to court records. He is awaiting trial on that charge.
He was released on his own recognizance last month but, “Not more than one day after his arraignment, Elias Segoviano continued to engage in unlawful medical practices including the performance of invasive medical procedures that were delineated and recorded through undercover operations,” Orange County District Attorney’s investigator Thomas Hoang said in court papers seeking to have the defendant’s bail increased from $35,000 to $1 million.
“The investigation to date has also revealed he has used different names and Social Security numbers to evade proper identification and frequently changes residential addresses due to evictions,” Hoang said. “There is no evidence to date that (the defendant) owns property in the U.S. But social media postings indicate Elias Segoviano’s ties to Mexico where he may potentially flee if able to execute bail on bail on the most recent charges.”
Segoviano’s attorney, Ricardo Nicol, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Segoviano was arrested July 19 at his business, Botox in Anaheim, at 935 S. Brookhurst St., according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. He is accused of performing procedures such as injecting victims with suspected counterfeit Botox, fillers, anesthetics and other drugs.
Segoviano is next due in court Sept. 7 for a pretrial hearing when his $1 million bail will be reviewed.