Owner Of Manhattan Clinic Charged With Unlicensed Practice Of Medicine

Attorney General Spitzer and State Education Department Commissioner Richard Mills today announced the arrest of a New Jersey man on charges of Unlicensed Practice of Medicine for allegedly performing cosmetic surgery and other services to the public without a license.

Dean Faiello, 43, operated what he described as a "skin and laser center" called SkinOvations, in Manhattan. The defendant used various means to advertise his business, including a web site. On the web site he claimed to have certification and expertise in laser hair removal, collagen treatments, acupuncture and tattoo removal. Faiello further claimed to be experienced in administering laser treatments and that he had instructed doctors from all over the country on how to perform the treatments.

The investigation by the State Education Department found that he was unlicensed in any medical profession. The complaint also alleges that he advertised and offered to perform procedures such as injections of anesthesia, removal of skin lesions and blood vessels and the removal of color from a skin lesion by the use of a laser.

Faiello was charged with three counts Unlicensed Practice of Medicine, an E felony which carries a maximum four year sentence. He was arraigned in Manhattan Supreme Court where he posted $5,000 bail. He returns to court on January 8, 2003.

"We will continue to prosecute vigorously those who unlawfully practice medicine without a license, Spitzer said. "Our mandate is to protect the public and my office will continue to work with the State Education Department to enforce the law."

"Unlicensed, unqualified and untrained individuals who pretend to be doctors pose a grave risk to those they treat," said Mills. "The State Education Department will investigate every allegation of unlicensed professional practice and, where appropriate, turn those cases over to the Attorney General's Office for criminal prosecution."

The case was referred to this office by the State Education Department, Office of Professional Discipline, which initiated the investigation.

The charges against the defendant are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Ronda Lustman of the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau. Investigators Joseph Tepedino, Ariana Miller, and Tonya Holder of the State Education Department, under the supervision of Daniel J. Kelleher, the Director of Investigations, assisted in the investigation.

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