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SANDY -- A Sandy man is accused of posing as a doctor and severely injuring several patients.
Investigators say the man owned Hollywood Body and Laser Center, which offers procedures such as laser hair removal and skin treatment using Botox.
After a doctor who worked there quit, owner William Ferguson allegedly continued with the treatments and posed as a doctor. Some patients received very serious burns and other injuries as a result of his conduct.
"He's been charged with 18 counts -- one aggravated assault, which is a second-degree felony, and 17 third-degree felonies, which include forgery, acting as a doctor without a license and prescribing medication without a license," Salt Lake County District Attorney Lohra Miller said Thursday.
Patients complained to the Department of Professional Licensing, which investigated and reported their findings to the Sandy Police Department.
Sandy investigators took their findings to the district attorney's office, which screened the case Thursday.
Written with contributions from Angie Reed.