Man sent back to U.S. after impersonating plastic surgeon in Dubai

January 12, 2011

Man sent back to U.S. after impersonating plastic surgeon in Dubai
Man sent back to U.S. after impersonating plastic surgeon in Dubai

A man from Tigard, Oregon, was recently returned to the United States to face drug charges after being held in Dubai last year for impersonating a plastic surgeon. Steven Moos, 41, was held in the United Arab Emirates capital after it was discovered that he was performing unsanctioned cosmetic procedures without any training, The Oregonian reports.

Moos had fled the country while awaiting trial for other unrelated charges. Once overseas, his behavior led prosecutors to characterize him as a potentially dangerous individual.

He was held in Dubai for eight months after it was discovered he was performing surgery on his kitchen table and leaving patients deformed. It was determined that he stole the identity of a real plastic surgeon who often traveled to Dubai for surgery to deceive patients into believing that he was qualified.

"We stand ready to do our part to bring Mr. Moos to justice," said Dwight C. Holton, the U.S. attorney for Oregon.

Patient safety is the most important aspect of any cosmetic procedure. It is crucial to do your research and seek out board-certified plastic surgeons.


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