French doctor in plastic surgery scam arrested
A French cosmetic surgeon who went on the run after being tried for mutilating patients has been arrested in Spain.19 August 2008
MARSEILLE - A French cosmetic surgeon who went on the run after being tried for mutilating and endangering the lives of dozens of men and women has been arrested in Spain, police sources said Tuesday.
Michel Maure, who told investigators he was one of the world's best plastic surgeons, went on trial in June in the southern French city Marseille on charges of false advertising, deception, and causing involuntary injury.
The verdict was due in September, with prosecutors calling for a four-year prison sentence and a fine of EUR 75,000 but he went missing in July despite a court order restricting his movements.
A European arrest warrant was issued and he was finally arrested Tuesday in Rosas in northeastern Spain, the French police source said.
Nearly 100 victims had lodged complaints against Maure, 59.
Investigators have said that since 1995, the doctor had practised illegally, describing his clinic in Marseille as a "dirty and badly maintained facility" where his patients faced "an immediate risk of death or severe after-effects."
Many of Maure's mostly female patients described his methods as "violent".
He carried out painful procedures, such as liposuction or the insertion of breast implants, under a simple local anaesthetic, they said
His alleged victims have complained of chronic pain and infections. Several have had to undergo reparatory surgery.
Maure, who claimed to be the "victim of a plot," was in 2007 struck off France's medical register.
[AFP / Expatica]
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