At least five women submitted to treatments by a man who turned out not to be a licensed physician, the Judicial Investigating Organization said Wednesday. Agents detained the man and searched a clinic in Curridabat where he worked.
The man, identified by agents with the last names of Vargas Jiménez, was detained at his home in Alto de Guadalupe.
The man placed advertisements in social media describing himself as an expert in cosmetic procedures. The women complained that they did not receive the desired results, said agents.
Some paid as much as 800,000 colons for various forms of cosmetic surgery, including some done with lasers.
The Colegio de Médicos y Cirujanos de Costa Rica, the physician professional organization, filed the formal complaint, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.
At the clinic, agent confiscated documents, computers, a client list and some of the devices used to perform the surgeries. Agents said that there also were videos of the man actually performing these surgeries.
Agents did not provide a background on the suspect. He may well have had medical training elsewhere, but working as a physician here without affiliating with the colegio is a crime.