Suspected fake doctor accused of operating iIlegal medical clinics

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Craig Allen Scherf (Source: Arizona Attorney General's Office) Craig Allen Scherf (Source: Arizona Attorney General's Office)

A grand jury has indicted a man accused of being a fake doctor and running illegal Botox and laser clinics in Scottsdale and Tempe.

According to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Craig Allen Scherf is not licensed as a physician “by the Arizona Medical Board or by any other agency governing the practice of medicine in Arizona.”

Scherf is facing a variety of charges, including fraud, theft, illegally running a business, identity theft and 12 counts each of unlawful practice of medicine and endangerment.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office launched an investigation in January after learning that Scherf, posing as a licensed doctor, was allegedly providing Botox, Dysport and laser treatments at a Tempe clinic.

A number of victims told investigators that they had purchased Groupon deals for services offered by My MD Clinic and My Laser Centers, both of which are reportedly owned by Scherf.

“Many of the victims suffered bruising and other injuries after Scherf allegedly injected their faces with what the victims believed were Botox or Dysport,” according to a news release from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

At this point, it’s not clear what was in the injections the victims received.

“Anyone who may have purchased ingestible products or self-injectables from Scherf is asked to contact the Arizona Attorney General's Office at 602-542-4973,” advises the news release.

Scherf was arrested over the weekend with the help of the Payson Police Department.

Special Agent Madison MacDonald of the Attorney General's Office investigated the case, and Assistant Attorneys General Andy Kvesic and Adam Schwartz are prosecuting. 

The Arizona Attorney General's office did not say how long Scherf had been running the clinics, nor did it indicate whether he has a criminal history.

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