A Tucson man who posed as a cosmetic surgeon, and was so bad at it he nearly killed a liposuction patient in a warehouse, will get 38 years in prison to study medicine, law, or religion.
The work of Gustavo Felix Nunez, 54, sent one patient to the ICU in a coma, state prosecutors say. Two others went to the ER, and one needed reconstructive surgery to repair the damage to her breasts.
Nunez pleaded guilty to 28 felony charges and had faced a minimum of 13 years behind bars, Arizona Attorney General spokeswoman Mia Garcia said.
He was sentenced to significantly more on Tuesday.
“Gustavo Nunez victimized unsuspecting women and violated the public’s trust. Justice has been served,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich in a prepared statement.
The case, involving 70 offenses for performing liposuction on nine women between 2012 and 2014, capped a three-month investigation by DEA and the Tucson and South Tucson police.
“Gustavo Nunez represents the worst type of criminal. One who preyed upon women in our communities and most certainly deserves the sentence handed to him today,” said Doug Coleman, Special Agent in Charge of DEA in Arizona, in a prepared statement.
Nunez was arrested in August 2013, released, continued to perform operations with no training, and was re-arrested the following year.
According to his plea deal, Nunez charged the women a total of $23,760 to treat them at his NuTec International clinic, which is an industrial warehouse. When DEA agents searched the place, they found liposuction needles, a cabinet full of Lidocaine, and fridges stuffed with what the feds called “controlled substances.”
Those included Halcion and Valium, the DEA said in a press…
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