Client Contracted HIV after ‘Vampire Facial’ at N.M. Salon
The former owner of a New Mexico salon that performed “vampire facials” has been indicted on two dozen felony charges, including fraud and practicing medicine without a license. According to the Albuquerque Journal, Maria Ramos de Ruiz came to the attention of the state Attorney General’s Office in 2018 after Health Department inspectors found unwrapped needles, unlabeled blood tubes and fake training certificates on the walls of the VIP Beauty Salon and Spa. One month earlier, a client had contracted HIV following a treatment in which her own blood was injected into her face. Ramos de Ruiz did at one time have a cosmetologist license – but it had expired in 2013.
Wash. Lawyer Suspended for Shooting Mentor’s Law Office
The Oregon Supreme Court on April 22 issued a five-year suspension to a lawyer who fired six bullets into a former mentor’s Beaverton law office in 2017, narrowly missing an employee’s head. According to The Oregonian, Erik Graeff, who lives in Vancouver, Wash., was hired by former mentor Terrance Hogan to file a case in Washington. When Hogan expressed displeasure with Graeff’s work, a dispute ensued, culminating in Graeff’s December 2017 drive-by shooting. Graeff subsequently served 10 months in prison.
N.C. Drone Operator, Surveyor Board Locked in Legal Battle
A North Carolina drone pilot who produces footage for Realtors is locked in a legal battle with the state Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors. According to ABC News, Michael Jones produces images that feature property lines. Even though he offers a disclaimer noting that his material isn’t meant to replace proper surveys, the engineer and surveyor board threatened prosecution in 2019 for surveying without a license. Jones sued the board in March, alleging that it had violated his First Amendment rights.
Fake La. Contractor Arrested Twice in One Month
A Louisiana man was arrested twice in April for operating without a contractor license, according to KATC. In his most recent run-in with the law, Ronald Dugas Jr., 44, was charged with residential contractor fraud and exploitation of the infirm. Dugas allegedly collected $9,000 to complete a construction project and failed to do so.
Minn. Police Board to Ban Supremacist-Group Affiliation
Minnesota’s police licensing board agreed on April 23 to adopt rules governing responses to protests and barring affiliation with white supremacist groups. According to the Star Tribune, the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board unanimously approved both measures, which mirror proposals under consideration by the state Legislature.
Ill. House Approves Midwife License Bill
The Illinois House approved a bill April 23 that would license midwives in the state, according to Capitol News Illinois. The bill, which received bipartisan support, would license credentialed midwives who perform out-of-hospital births. Certified professional midwives are licensed in 35 states and Washington, D.C.
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