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Aug 13, 2013 3:34 PM by Tom McNamara

Suspects in illegal breast enlargment case file marriage papers

TUCSON - The News 4 Tucson Investigators are learning more about a man facing felony charges of practicing medicine without a license, and possession of dangerous drugs.

The charges were filed after authorities shut down a cosmetic surgery clinic they say he was illegally operating on Tucson's west side.

The News 4 Tucson Investigators have been poring over documents related to Gustavo Nuñez, the Tucson man who billed himself as a ‘liposuction technician.'

Tucson Police, South Tucson Police, and the Drug Enforcement Administration launched an investigation of Nuñez earlier this year. That was after two women had to go to the emergency room, following procedures performed by Nuñez, including breast augmentation and liposuction.

The News 4 Tucson Investigators have discovered that the recent charges filed against Nuñez may be new, but it's not the first time he has caught the attention of authorities.

In 2011, the Arizona Medical Board issued a Letter of Reprimand to a doctor who employed Nuñez as a medical assistant. That happened after a patient's lower lip became severely swollen following a filler injection in 2010.

The woman is now suing Nuñez, the doctor, and the clinic where the procedure was done.

In its letter, the Board said that Nuñez had "no record of being certified as a medical assistant." The Board went on to say that it is "not accepted practice to allow even certified medical assistants to perform sensitive cosmetic filler injections."

The News 4 Tucson Investigators spoke with another woman who saw Nuñez for injections at a Tucson clinic.

She also says she had complications, after being seen by him last year.

"Swollen, and at the same time after that, I started getting scarring. I just had scars where every poke he poked was a scar," said the patient, who doesn't want to be identified.

The woman says her experience with Nuñez has also caused her to be more careful about who she sees for cosmetic and other procedures.

"You ought to question. I do question. Maybe too much questioning. But, I would rather be criticized for taking too much caution, then not enough caution."

And, in the latest development, the News 4 Tucson Investigators also discovered Nuñez and the other person arrested in the case, his aide, Ilda Garcia, have filed paperwork to get married.

That application was filed last week in Pima County Superior Court.

It's worth noting, if Nuñez and Garcia do get married, they could potentially claim the marital communications privilege, and not be forced to testify against one another.

They were released from the Pima County Jail following their arrest back on August 1st.

The News 4 Tucson Investigators will continue to track the very latest developments in the case.

If you have something you'd like us to investigate, email us at investigators@kvoa.com

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