R. Scott Owens
PLACER COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
10810 Justice Center Drive, Suite 240
Roseville, California 95678
For Immediate Release
Date: April 22, 2013
Assistant District Attorney
Efrain Gonzalez and Yessennia Candelaria Charged in 41 Count Complaint.
The District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against Efrain Gonzalez and Yessennia Candelaria. The charges were filed as a result of a lengthy investigation led by investigators from the State Medical Board in connection with Franchise Tax Board, the DEA and our office. The couple was scheduled to be arraigned today in Placer County Court on the charges. Gonzalez was arraigned and plead not guilty. At the request of Gonzalez’s attorney, Tom Johnson, the arraignment on Candelaria was continued until May 6th, 2013 in Department 31 of the Placer County Superior Court so that she may retain an attorney.
The Complaint Charges Gonzalez with 37 felony counts including 15 counts of Grand Theft by False Pretenses and 15 counts of Mayhem. He is also charged with Conspiracy to Commit Grand Theft, Conspiracy to Disseminate False or Misleading Information, 3 counts of Conspiracy to Practice Medicine without a License, and Conspiracy to Operate a Clinic without Accreditation.
Candelaria Is charged in 24 felony counts including 7 counts of Grand Theft by False Pretenses and 7 counts of Mayhem. She is also charged with Conspiracy to Commit Grand Theft, Conspiracy to Disseminate False or Misleading Information, 3 Counts of Conspiracy to Practice Medicine without a License, and Conspiracy to Operate a Clinic without Accreditation. Candelaria is also charged with felony Possession and Transportation of a Controlled Substance and a misdemeanor count of being Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance.
Gonzalez and Candelaria were arrested on March 15, 2013 in connection with the execution of search warrants on the couple’s business, Advanced Medical Spa and their Rocklin home.
Notwithstanding these charges, the investigation is ongoing and the District Attorney’s Office anticipates further charges will be filed in this matter.
Any individual who believes they were victims of Dr. Gonzalez should contact the Placer County District Attorney’s Office at (916)543-2570 or California State Medical Board Senior Investigator Roberto Moya at (916)263-2590.