Doral doctor advertised on Instagram, even though he wasn't licensed, police say
Samir El Charif seen administering Ultherapy treatments on his Instagram page
DORAL, Fla. – A South Florida man who passed himself off as a doctor on his Instagram page was arrested Wednesday, police said.
Samir El Charif, 29, faces a felony charge of practicing medicine without a license and a misdemeanor charge of posing as a physician.
The Florida Department of Health received a complaint about an unlicensed doctor practicing medicine in Doral in early February and notified police.
Doral police said El Charif was advertising his services via Instagram and identified himself as a doctor on the social media site. Police said he was performing Botox injections on patients who visited him at a Doral clinic.
A photo on his Instagram page shows him sitting at a desk wearing a white doctor's robe. Others show him performing Ultherapy treatment to patients.
Police said undercover detectives called El Charif to arrange an appointment and met with him at his clinic, where they agreed on a medical procedure.
"The city of Doral takes a zero-tolerance stance on the issue of unlicensed doctors operating in Doral," police said in a news release. "Simply put: Unlicensed healthcare providers will be arrested and prosecuted."
Police are asking anyone who may have received medical treatment from El Charif to call them at 305-593-6699.
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