LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office is prosecuting Moosa Heikali for allegedly practicing medicine without a license and Bahram Tabibian for allegedly aiding and abetting the practice of medicine without a license.
"Practicing medicine without a valid license can place lives in grave danger, as it allegedly did in this case," said Feuer. "Unlicensed doctors provide treatment they aren’t qualified to perform. The results can be disastrous."
Moosa Heikali, 69, allegedly told a victim that he was a doctor qualified to provide knee injections and other treatments to reduce the symptoms of arthritis. These injections, which took place at his office in Westwood, allegedly resulted in a massive infection leading to sepsis and the near-death of the victim. Bahram Tabibian, 72, who is a licensed medical doctor, allegedly employed Heikali in his clinic and assisted Heikali in his unlicensed practice, even though he allegedly knew Heikali did not have a valid license.
A pretrial hearing in this case is set to take place on November 14, 2019, in Dept. 90 of the Airport Courthouse. If convicted, Heikali and Tabibian could each face up to one year in jail and up to $10,000 in fines.
Residents with information regarding the alleged unlicensed practice of medicine by Moosa Heikali or others are urged to contact the Consumer and Workplace Protection Unit of the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office at 213-978-8070.
Feuer also shared a list of 25 free and low-cost healthcare options throughout Los Angeles.
This case is being prosecuted by Deputy City Attorneys Carr Tekosky and Stephen Mayer; it was investigated by the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Health Quality Investigation Unit.
About Mike Feuer
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has long been one of California's leading lawyers and lawmakers. As LA's chief lawyer and prosecutor since July, 2013, he has brought an innovative, problem-solving focus that combines tough and effective prosecution with initiatives to improve public safety and the quality of life throughout the city. Feuer's office also has been at the forefront of key national issues ranging from gun violence prevention and consumer protection to justice system reform and challenges to recent federal policies that threaten fundamental rights, public health and public safety. Follow @CityAttorneyLA