Three people who had an illegal cosmetics clinic in Georgia were convicted after more than 30 people testified that they were practicing unlicensed medication, including liposuction, fat transfer and Brazilian back lifts.
After a Medicaid fraud case in 2014, Nathaniel Johnson III had been ordered not to practice medicine, but was going to give patients malforming operations or unfortunate results, said Cobb County Assistant District Attorney.
During the three-week trial that ended Friday, a jury heard how Johnson, after leaving prison in 2015, pretended to be working as a manager at the Hello Beautiful clinic and claimed that Dr. Peter Ulbrich would perform procedures.
But gynecologist Ulbrich had suspended his permit indefinitely in 2017 after the permitted sexual contact with four patients.
Nathaniel Johnson III (left) and Peter Ulbrich (right) were convicted of dozens of crime counts, including racketeering, theft by fraud and practicing unlicensed medicine
The two doctors collaborated with Shannon Williams, a medical assistant, who took thousands of dollars off patients while deceptively referring and helping Johnson during consultations, in the medical room and with aftercare.
The trial began on October 7 and patients from 2015 and 2016 said they had consulted with Johnson and allowed him to assess their bodies.
They said they would not have paid him if they knew he had no license to practice medicine.
Shannon Williams, a medical assistant at the clinic, was found guilty of 11 crime counts for theft and unlicensed medicine
Several patients testified that they had met Ulbrich for the first time in the operating room. Some patients testified that Johnson and Ulbrich performed the operations together, although many did not even know Ulbrich's name.
Before the court, the defense tried to break witness statements by showing a statement they had signed for Ulrich to carry out the proceedings, a Fox 5 video shows.
The trio was caught after a patient tried to report Johnson to the Georgia Composite Medical Board in the summer of 2016 because they were arguing about an operation because & # 39; the way he spoke to her seemed unprofessional & # 39 ;.
The body can only sanction doctors who are licensed, so the case was referred to the police.
In the midst of a criminal investigation, more patients came forward against the former doctor who, according to them, was illegally introduced by Williams and was constantly referred to as & # 39; Dr. Johnson & # 39 ;.
Johnson had suspended his license two years earlier after being convicted of Medicaid fraud, conspiracy to cheat the state and to practice medicine without a license.
Ulbrich had his medical license suspended for the first time in 2010 after 10 years of sexual misconduct and exploitation of patients, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. He returned to practicing in 2011 and his probationary period was lifted in 2015.
In 2017, Ulbrich failed a polygraph when asked about sexual encounters with current and former patients. The Georgia Composite Medical Board said he admitted sexual contact with four patients and that his license had been suspended indefinitely.
Ulbrich was convicted on Friday on 55 counts, along with Johnson on 62 crime counts, including racketeering and theft fraud.
Williams was found guilty of 11 crime counts of theft and unlicensed medicine.
& # 39; In this case, jury members gave up three weeks of their lives to do justice & said, "Senior Assistant Prosecutor Jason Marbutt." & # 39; I applaud their zeal, and I am grateful that the defendants will no longer be able to tell the lie that Nathaniel Johnson is a doctor. & # 39;
But Ulbrich's lawyer said she was & # 39; saddened about the verdict in this case and is going to appeal & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I think the report clearly states that there was no racketeering, no cheating theft and that Dr. Ulbrich was licensed at all times during these procedures and all patients knew he was conducting procedures, & # 39; Michelle Smith insisted.
The sentencing is scheduled for December 4.
The trio took money from patients and performed liposuction, fat transfers and Brazilian back lifts at Hello Beautiful cosmetic surgery clinic in Georgia
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