According to ActionNewsJax and WOKV, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrested Nelson Amilcar Turin, 47, on March 12 after an undercover detective saw him drinking alcoholic beverages at a legitimate spa on San Jose Boulevard. He now faces multiple charges, including three counts of possessing legend drugs and one count of practicing medicine without a license, the news outlets reported.
“Our detectives conducted an investigation and found several online videos showing Turin injecting clients with Botox and doing other treatments,” JSO Director Mike Bruno said, according to WOKV. “He would do lip, chin, cheek fillers, nose lifts, as well as any other Botox-type of injection.”
Turin, who charged $350 for services that generally cost three times as much, fooled spa employees into believing that he was a licensed professional, Bruno added.
Bruno said Turin “had several of these videos on different social media outlets or on the internet showing the services that he provided,” including an ad for a “Botox and Bubbles” event at the spa, WOKV reported. “Bubbles” referred to Champagne and Four Lokos, which Turin drank while consulting with patients, Bruno said.
“What we learned through our investigation was that the Botox was for the clients; the bubbles, that was for the client and the doctor,” Bruno said. “Well, I say ‘doctor’ loosely.”
When Turin was arrested, he had Botox, as well as lidocaine and other substances, Bruno said.
Turin’s attorney, W. Hale Kelly, told ActionNewsJax that his client “vehemently maintains his innocence of all charges filed by the state.”