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Doctor, wife arrested following raid of Rocklin home, offices

11:05 PM, Mar 15, 2013   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - A Sacramento doctor was arrested for violations ranging from grand theft, mayhem and battery.

Dr. Efrain Gonzalez is a plastic surgeon News10 first profiled in 2011 report after a woman claimed that he botched a breast implant surgery. That same year, the Medical Board filed an accusation calling for the board to revoke or suspend the doctor's license citing gross negligence, incompetence, and dishonest or corrupt acts.

On Friday, agents raided his Rocklin home and office, and his office in Sacramento. The state Medical Board arrested Gonzalez for mayhem and battery. They also took his wife into custody. Both were arrested for grand theft, false advertising and aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine.

Carolyn McCluhan said Gonzales performed botched plastic surgery procedures that left her disfigured.

"There probably isn't a week that I don't have three or four nightmares," McCluhan said. "I know the hell every night. I know the pain I live in everyday."

Back in July 2012, Mccluhan, then 62, got a breast augmentation, tummy tuck and a fat transfer to her face. She immediately started experiencing complications. She had a hole about the size of a golf ball on her stomach. She said Gonzalez's solution was to pour hydrogen peroxide and plug it

"With every patient, they are a guinea pig," McCluhan said.

News10 asked Gonzalez back in 2011 about complaints against him and he seemed to be unphased by the criticism.

"Any surgeon is going to have patients who are unhappy. You can't hit a home run every time you go to bat," Gonzalez said.

During another visit, Gonzalez told her she had necrosis on her breasts and stomach, which means the body tissue was dying. She said he took a scalpel to her on numerous occasions and cut her while she was wide awake. The damage has not only been physical, but psychological as well.

"When you called and said he was arrested, it was like a weight off my shoulders." McClellan said. "Like thank you God, I know he can't hurt anybody else."

Gonzalez was booked into Placer County jail.


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