After several months of investigation, members of the Attorney General’s SECURE Strike Force arrested a Payson man for practicing medicine without a license.
Edgar Flores Bobadilla was arrested and charged with performing medical procedures and distributing unlicensed pharmaceuticals and endangering the lives of several patients.
According to the GA office, most of these patients are undocumented immigrants. Flores Bobadilla himself is in the United States without proper documentation. SECURE stands for Statewide Enforcement of Crimes Against Unpapers Residents.
“In May 2021, the Payson City Police Department received information about a Hispanic man who was practicing medicine from his home in Payson. In addition, the information provided was that the man was only taking patients on a referral basis and only accepting patients who were illegal immigrants, ”the police report said.
The original complainant reported that due to malpractice, a patient had been permanently disfigured, according to the report.
“After a joint investigation with the Utah Attorney General’s Office, it was discovered that Edgar Flores was not licensed in the state of Utah to practice medicine or to dispense prescriptions or controlled substances “, adds the police report.
The Department of Professional Licensing has confirmed that Flores does not have a professional license in the state of Utah.
Police allege there were fraudulent prescription books inside the house with prescription drugs that Flores Bobadilla injected into patients without permission to do so. They also claim a pattern of illegal activity illustrated by years of medical records located inside Flores’ home with the names of several patients.
A Social Security license and a Utah driver’s license were both located inside Flores’ house. Both were not issued by the federal government or the state of Utah.
“In September 2021, an undercover operation was carried out at the 1092 South 580 West residence in Payson. During this operation, Edgar Flores misdiagnosed the undercover agent with multiple sclerosis, as well as other ailments. Mr Flores then demanded payments of several thousand dollars in cash for medical services, which he said he would make at his residence. Mr Flores also said he would be able to “cure” the undercover agent of the disease with his medical treatments, but has repeatedly stated that the undercover agent must keep the medical treatments “confidential,” the report says. police report.
“For months we investigated this case and found out that FloresBobadilla took advantage of his patients and charged them a lot of money for his ‘treatments’,” said Brendan Call, section chief of the Investigations Division of the Utah Attorney General’s Office. “People paid thousands of dollars each, in part because undocumented workers are often suspicious of the traditional system. And in these cases, he was recklessly and repeatedly endangering their lives. “
During the service of a search warrant, investigators discovered medical equipment, including IVs, injectables, drugs and medical equipment, in addition to $ 140,000 in cash. The illegal medical practice was discovered after a patient’s procedure went wrong, and the victim contacted the Payson Police Department, who were involved in the investigation and arrest.
Flores Bobadilla has been charged with several felonies, including practicing medicine and distributing unlicensed pharmaceuticals and illegal behavior
The police report states that “Flores should be held without bail for the following reasons.
- Mr. Flores is an extreme leak risk. Flores has frequent contact with people inside Mexico. He is originally from Mexico and receives all his medical supplies there. If Mr. Flores is released, he would present an extreme flight risk.
- Mr Flores has a long list of patients and has said he is “retired”. If released, Flores will likely continue to see patients and expose the vulnerable immigrant population to further harm.
- This case continues to be an ongoing investigation and further criminal charges may be filed by the attorney general’s office. This investigation includes potential charges of object rape and other sexual offenses, in addition to other crimes related to fraud and medical malpractice. It should be noted that Mr. Flores has previously had a criminal conviction for sexual offenses in Utah.
Investigators say Flores Bobadilla has seen hundreds of patients in recent years and wants to give other patients the opportunity to come forward. The Attorney General’s office can be contacted at 801-281-1200.