A.G. Schneiderman Arrests “doctor” Who Treated Patients In New York, Performed Risky Plastic Surgeries Overseas – All Without A License
Dominican Republic-Based Hector Cabral Faces Up to 16 Years in Prison for Unauthorized Practice of Medicine
Following Procedures, Several Victims Experienced Pain, Medical Complications and Scarring
New York City – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has charged a Dominican Republic-based man with four counts of Unauthorized Practice of a Profession (Medicine). Hector Cabral, who is not licensed to practice medicine in New York, marketed low-cost cosmetic procedures to women through New York City. He provided medical consultations and examinations here, and performed the cosmetic surgeries in his Dominican Republic clinic. Following the procedures, some patients experienced pain, scarring and even permanent disfigurement. The charges further alleged that Cabral administered additional medical follow-up treatments in New York, but did not adequately address patients’ pain or concerns. He faces up to 16 years incarceration.
“This defendant posed as a licensed medical professional, and criminally betrayed the trust of vulnerable women who believed he would keep them safe,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “Our state laws protect people from the risky, substandard treatment these victims suffered through and we will always hold those who break these laws accountable.”
The charges allege that Cabral offered low-cost cosmetic procedures to women throughout New York City. He consulted patients in New York, and provided thorough examination, at times using a marker to outline the areas on patients’ bodies that would be affected. The patients were then instructed to make appointments at Cabral’s clinic in the Dominican Republic, where he would perform the surgeries. Afterwards, some patients experienced pain, scarring and other medical complications, including permanent disfigurement from botched liposuction procedures. Cabral administered follow-up visits in New York City, but did not adequately address the patients’ pain or concerns. Patients paid Cabral for the each consultation, procedure and follow-up.
The consultations and follow-ups Cabral conducted in New York State violated Education Law 6512(1) prohibiting the unlicensed practice of medicine. The charges carry a maximum of 16 years imprisonment. Anyone with additional information on this matter is encouraged to contact the Attorney General’s office at 1-800-996-4630.
Cabral was arrested by investigators from the Attorney General’s Office on January 31, in the Bronx and received his initial appearance that evening in Manhattan Criminal Court. The defendant was required to surrender his passport as this case proceeds. Cabral is scheduled to appear tomorrow before the Supreme Court of New York County.
All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The case is being handled by Assistant Attorney General in Charge of the Harlem Regional Office Guy Mitchell under the supervision Gail Heatherly, Chief of the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau. The case was handled by Investigators Ismael Hernandez and Angel LaPorte, under the supervision of Supervising Investigator John McManus.