A fake doctor drank alcohol while claiming to perform Botox treatments, when he was actually injecting patients with unknown substances, police say.
Nelson Amilcar Turin, 47, was operating in the Jacksonville Florida area and was not a licensed doctor or nurse practitioner, said Mike Bruno, with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Bruno spoke at a news conference last week announcing Turin’s arrest.
“Honestly, this is one of the most bizarre cases I’ve had the opportunity to come across,” Bruno said.
Turin was operating without a license and without insurance to provide Botox treatment to the patients, Bruno said.
“He was willing to let his clients take a risk so she could get paid in cash,” Bruno said.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office started its investigation into Turn after getting a tip from another law enforcement agency, Bruno said. Investigators found several online videos that showed Turin injecting patients.
He also worked out of a local spa, but Bruno said the owners were duped and believed Turin had the appropriate certifications.
Turin hosted events called “Botox and Bubbles,” where he would provide care while drinking alcohol, Bruno said. Drinks like champaign and Four Loko were present at the events.
Officers went to the treatments and saw the medications, and some had unreadable labels, Bruno said.
Turin offered his patient complete Botox treatments for $350, when the procedures would typically cost $1,200, Bruno said.
“He’s deeply discounting that and allowing the patients to take the risk,” patient said.
While there were no reports of serious botched treatments, while the investigators were in the waiting room one patient returned to get a touch-up treatment after something didn’t go correct in a previous injection, Bruno said.
Turin had some medical training in Florida and used that certification to obtain the medications, Bruno said.
Turin was arrested and charged with practicing or attempting to practice medicine without a valid medical license, three counts of possession of legend drugs without prescription, and leading the public to believe one is a licensed medical doctor.