PAYSON – Tuesday night, members of the Attorney General’s SECURE Strike Force (Statewide Enforcement of Crimes Against Undocumented Residents) arrested and charged Edgar Flores Bobadilla for performing medical procedures and dispensing pharmaceuticals without a license, endangering the lives of multiple patients. Most of those patients are undocumented immigrants. Flores-Bobadilla himself is in the United States without proper documentation.
“For months we’ve been investigating this case and have found Flores-Bobadilla took advantage of his patients and charged them a lot of money for his ‘treatments’,” said Brendan Call, Section chief of the Utah Attorney General’s Office Investigations Division. “People paid thousands of dollars each, partly because undocumented workers often distrust the traditional system. And in these cases, he was carelessly and repeatedly putting their lives at risk.”
During the service of a search warrant, investigators discovered medical equipment like IV’s, injectables, medicines, and medical equipment in addition to $140,000 in cash. The illegal medical practice was discovered after one patient’s procedure went wrong, and the victim contacted the Payson Police Department, which participated in the investigation and arrest.
Flores-Bobadilla has been charged with multiple felonies including practicing medicine and dispensing pharmaceuticals without a license and a pattern of illegal behavior.
Investigators say Flores-Bobadilla saw hundreds of patients over the last few years, and that more victims may want to come forward. For additional information, call the AG’s office at 801-281-1200.