Fake doc­tor jailed for ad­min­is­ter­ing Bo­tox

The Prince George Citizen - - News -

VAN­COU­VER — The reg­u­la­tory body that gov­erns all Bri­tish Columbia doc­tors said a woman who once ad­ver­tised her­self as “Dr. LipJob” is now serv­ing con­sec­u­tive 30-day sen­tences for de­fy­ing a court order pro­hibit­ing her from in­ject­ing Bo­tox and der­mal fillers.

The Col­lege of Physi­cians and Surgeons of B.C. said in a news re­lease that Ab­bots­ford res­i­dent Ra­jdeep Kaur Khakh was handed the two sen­tences when she ap­peared in B.C. Supreme Court in Van­cou­ver ear­lier this month.

In Jan­uary, Khakh was found in con­tempt for vi­o­lat­ing an ear­lier in­junc­tion or­der­ing her not to use the term doc­tor and not to prac­tice medicine by ad­min­is­ter­ing in­jecta­bles.

That 30-day sen­tence was sus­pended on the con­di­tion she abide by the rul­ing, but the col­lege said a month later it learned Khakh had again in­jected Bo­tox and it sought an order of civil con­tempt.

In a July 12 rul­ing, Jus­tice Nitya Iyer lifted the ear­lier sus­pen­sion, or­dered a 30-day sen­tence to be fol­lowed by a sec­ond 30-day term and also im­posed fines of $7,500, on top of a $5,300 fine set dur­ing the court ap­pear­ance in Jan­uary.

Graeme Keirstead, the lawyer who rep­re­sented the col­lege, said the reg­u­la­tory body hopes the sen­tence and fines will send a strong mes­sage.

“For Ms. Khakh to have dis­obeyed a court order not once but twice is ex­tra­or­di­nary,” Keirstead said in the re­lease.

“It ap­pears clear that her la­dy­ship found this level of con­tempt to be wor­thy of sig­nif­i­cant pun­ish­ment.”

Khakh was taken into cus­tody at the con­clu­sion of the July 12 hear­ing and is serv­ing her sen­tence at Alou­ette Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre for Women in Maple Ridge.

Khakh first drew the col­lege’s at­ten­tion in March 2015 when it said it learned a woman was call­ing her­self a doc­tor and was in­ject­ing Bo­tox or der­mal fillers at a spa in Delta.

Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion that fol­lowed, the col­lege said it con­firmed Khakh was us­ing an al­tered pho­to­copy of a Col­lege Cer­tifi­cate of Li­cen­sure to con­vince spas and med­i­cal sup­pli­ers that she had a med­i­cal li­cence and was cer­ti­fied to prac­tice in Bri­tish Columbia.

De­spite nu­mer­ous phone, email and mail con­tacts with Khakh from early 2015 to mid2016 – plus her sig­na­ture on two, sep­a­rate un­der­tak­ings pledg­ing not to prac­tice medicine or ad­min­is­ter Bo­tox or fillers – the col­lege said it re­ceived fur­ther com­plaints about her in 2017.

“The Col­lege is ad­vised that ‘Dr. Ra­jji’ mar­kets her­self on so­cial me­dia as ‘Dr. LipJob.’ It is de­ter­mined that ‘Dr. Ra­jji’ is in fact Ms. Khakh,” said a col­lege re­lease dated June 14, 2017.

The tips prompted a two-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion and in Oc­to­ber 2017, the col­lege filed its first ap­pli­ca­tion in B.C. Supreme Court for a per­ma­nent in­junc­tion to halt Khakh’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

Only health pro­fes­sion­als who are li­censed and reg­is­tered, and el­i­gi­ble un­der their scope of prac­tice, are au­tho­rized to in­ject Bo­tox and der­mal fillers, said the col­lege.

It “strongly ad­vises” any­one who has re­ceived Bo­tox or der­mal filler in­jec­tions by an un­li­censed prac­ti­tioner to speak with their doc­tor and re­view the treat­ment to en­sure there are no com­pli­ca­tions.

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