Suspected Fake Doctor Accused of Operating Illegal Medical Clinic

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Craig Allen Scherf for allegedly operating illegal Botox and laser clinics in Tempe and Scottsdale. Scherf is not licensed by the Arizona Medical Board or by any other agency governing the practice of medicine in Arizona. Scherf has been charged with Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, Fraudulent Schemes and Practices, Theft, Illegally Conducting an Enterprise, Taking the Identity of Another Person or Entity, 12 counts of Unlawful Practice of Medicine, and 12 counts of Endangerment.

In January 2017, investigators with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office learned that Scherf was allegedly pretending to be a licensed doctor and providing Botox, Dysport, and body laser treatments from a clinic in Tempe, AZ.  Several victims claimed they purchased online Groupon deals for Botox and Dysport injections offered by the companies My MD Clinic and My Laser Centers.  Scherf reportedly owns these entities.  Victims then visited the clinics in Tempe or Scottsdale for services.  Many of the victims suffered bruising and other injuries after Scherf allegedly injected their faces with what the victims believed were Botox or Dysport.  Another victim claims she suffered scarring when Scherf allegedly performed laser treatments on her to remove stretch marks.

Anyone who may have purchased ingestible products or self-injectables from Scherf is asked to contact the Arizona Attorney General’s Office at 602-542-4973. The investigation continues into the contents of the purported medicines.

The Payson Police Department assisted in locating and arresting Scherf on March 19, 2017. Special Agent Madison MacDonald of the Attorney General’s Office investigated this case. Assistant Attorneys General Andy Kvesic and Adam Schwartz are prosecuting this matter. 

All defendants are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Full copy of the indictment.