Ghastly ‘Surgeries’ Detailed in Preliminary Guzmangarza Hearing
The preliminary hearing for Carlos Guzmangarza, accused of impersonating a physician's assistant to perform cosmetic procedures on women whom he allegedly defrauded of thousands of dollars, continued Monday with grisly testimony from one of the victims. The 49-year-old Guzmangarza is charged with running a Mission District business called Derma Clinic, where he allegedly posed as a physician's assistant named Carlos Guzman who was qualified to perform plastic surgery. He is now in custody in lieu of $1 million bail. One of Guzmangarza’s alleged victims, questioned by public defender Michelle Tong, described a harrowing experience of being injected through her eyebrow and forehead until the needle poked out on top, during what she believed was a facelift at Guzmangarza’s clinic at 2588 Mission St. in 2010. Another alleged incident took place at Guzmangarza’s home, where the witness said Guzmangarza performed a buttock augmentation procedure near his ...
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