DA: Fake doc disfigured patient

January 16, 2008 3:02:17 PM PST
A fake doctor is under arrest Wednesday, accused of disfiguring a man's face during a cosmetic procedure. The office of William Ramirez-Concepcion was on 85th Street in Elmhurst, Queens. He's also accused of offering procedures out of his apartment, located on 110th street.

Eyewitness News reporter Stacey Sager has the story from Kew Gardens.

This man professed to be both a doctor and a cosmetologist. But investigators say he was neither.

Investigators say Ramirez-Concepcion would operate out of a medical office in east Elmhurst, but for a lower price, he would offer cosmetic procedures at his home.

The trouble is, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, the 47-year-old was no doctor at all, at least not legally.

Stacey: "He had no medical license whatsoever?"
Brown: "That is correct."
Stacey: "What was his background? Do we know?"
Brown: "I don't know."
Stacey: "So you don't even know if he ever trained at all, in any fashion?"
Brown" "That is correct."

One of Ramirez-Concepcion's patients was a 46-year-old Manhattan man who reportedly directed a documentary about singer Shakira. Authorities say he was hoping injections in his face would make him look and feel better. But instead, they say, the result was extremely painful.

"Substantial pain in his face," Brown said. "Redness, obvious infection, lumps of silicon under the skin where he was injected."

The DA pointed out that the man needed further corrective surgery. Meanwhile, the medical off where the suspect worked was locked up today. His lawyer did not return calls to Eyewitness News.

Investigators say they hope other alleged victims will come forward.

Stacey: "Do you have reason to believe there are a lot of other victims?"
Brown: "My guess is there probably are."

Ramirez-Concepcion is being held on $25,000 bail, facing charges of second-degree assault, unauthorized practice of medicine, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.