Turns out the Denver, Colo., man who told his patients he was a credentialed plastic surgeon with privileges at prestigious area hospitals was a surgical assistant with a skill for deceit. For nearly 2 years, prosecutors say Carlos Hernandez Fernandez, 36, used a scalpel or sharp cutting instrument on at least 4 unsuspecting patients. He now faces several years behind bars.
Earlier this month, Mr. Hernandez Fernandez pled guilty to second-degree assault, criminal impersonation and unauthorized practice of a physician.
Court documents allege Mr. Hernandez Fernandez performed tummy tucks and face-lifts, often without adequate anesthesia, at Hernandez Fernandez Clinic in Denver from January 2015 to August 2016. He also allegedly advertised his proficiency in rhinoplasty and breast augmentation.
Prosecutors say he also subjected at least 2 people to sexual contact while treating or examining them.
Mr. Hernandez Fernandez claimed to have had physician's privileges at 2 Colorado hospitals — Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver and Swedish Medical Center in Englewood — but officials from both hospitals said he worked there only as a surgeon assistant, never as a surgeon. He had been licensed to practice as a surgical assistant in Colorado since 2011.
At his sentencing in June, Mr. Hernandez Fernandez could receive as many as 6 years in prison, along with 3 years of parole. He has been ordered to pay the victimized patients about $175,000 in restitution before or at the time of sentencing, though that amount could increase to accommodate any additional victims, according to a statement from the DA's office.