The Placer County District Attorney's Office announced Monday it has filed criminal charges against a pair of doctors running a Rocklin cosmetic surgery practice.
Efrain Gonzalez and Yessennia Candelaria are each facing numerous felony charges including grand theft by false pretense and mayhem related to the operation of Advanced Medical Spa, which performed cosmetic surgeries.
Sacramento attorney Tom Johnson, who is representing Gonzalez, said the decision to level criminal assault charges should be of "grave concern" to doctors and other medical practitioners.
To find Gonzalez guilty of mayhem, the court would have to find he acted with intent to injure patients, Johnson said.
"I have not seen a case charged this way against a physician ever," he said.
The District Attorney's Office did not return several calls seeking comment on the charges.