A.G. Schneiderman Announces Arrest Of Two "Doctors" In Chinatown For Practicing Medicine Without A License
Fake Doctors Injected Patients With Unknown Substances, Dispensed Unidentified Pills
Schneiderman: Fraudulent “Doctors” Who Put Greed Before The Safety Of Their Victims Will Be Brought To Justice
NEW YORK- Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the arrest of two Chinatown-based "doctors," Jiaxi Qiu and Lu Hui Qiu, for practicing medicine without a license. The defendants were charged with examining and treating patients by injecting them with unknown substances and giving them a variety of unidentified pills. Jiaxi Qiu, 67, and Lu Hui Qiu, 38, both of Little Neck, Queens, were arraigned today in New York State Supreme Court, charged with Unauthorized Practice of a Profession (Medicine), a Class "E" felony and face up to four years in jail if convicted.
“Practicing medicine without a license is a very serious crime in New York State, and we will seek accountability from anyone who preys on vulnerable communities to make a quick buck," said Attorney General Schneiderman "These fake doctors lured unsuspecting patients into their offices and put their own greed before the health and safety of their victims. Now they will be brought to justice for their dangerous crimes.”
According to the complaint, on multiple occasions between April 2010 and May 2012, Jiaxi Qiu and Lu Hui Qiu unlawfully practiced medicine without a license, charging a fee for medical examinations and treatments to victims at the offices of "Chinese Medical Services," located at 37 East Broadway in New York City. The "treatments" included providing unnamed pills to the victims and injecting them with unknown substances. Although they held themselves out to patients as medical doctors, in fact neither Jiaxi Qui nor Lu Hui Qiu have a license to practice medicine in New York State.
Jiaxi Qiu and Lu Hui Qiu appeared before the Honorable Tomiko Amaker and the Honorable Richard M. Weinberg respectively. They are currently in custody, both on $3,500 bail and have been ordered to surrender their passports.
If convicted, the defendants could be incarcerated for a period of up to one and one-third to four years. The charges against Jiaxi Qiu and Lu Hui Qiu are allegations. All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.
These arrests are the culmination of a joint investigation by the Office of the Attorney General and the New York State Education Department (NYSED). The Attorney General thanked Commissioner John B. King, Jr., as well as Senior Investigator Michele Flores-Rodriguez, Supervising Investigator Juan DeJesus, and Deputy Director Joseph Tepedino of NYSED for their assistance on this case.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Lesley Brovner, under the supervision of Deputy Bureau Chief Stephanie Swenton and Bureau Chief Gail Heatherly of the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau, and Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice Nancy Hoppock. The case was investigated by Investigator Luis Carter, under the supervision of Supervising Investigator Michael Ward, Deputy Chief Investigator John McManus and Chief Dominick Zarrella of the Investigations Bureau