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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

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Counterfeit Botox and Juvaderm NR21043ti

Suspect arrested in Downtown Los Angeles Hotel for Offering to Administer Counterfeit Botox and Juvaderm without a Medical License

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division, Illicit Pharmaceutical and Counterfeit Unit (IPCU), announce the arrest of Vivian Espinoza for 11352.1 H&S-Furnishing Prescription Drugs Without a License and 2052 B&P-Practice of Medicine Without a License.

On January 23, 2021, around 11 a.m., Espinoza was arrested for offering to administer counterfeit Botox to undercover officers near the 400 block of South Figueroa Street. Espinoza set up a mobile makeshift medical office within the hotel room and offered to inject undercover detectives with counterfeit Botox and Juvaderm. IPCU Detectives also confiscated pdo threading, needles, syringes and other materials that should only be possessed by licensed medical professionals.

Of the 281 seized items, samples were sent to the laboratory for testing and deemed counterfeit by the manufacturer in violation of recorded and registered trademarks.

The purchase of counterfeit products may be hazardous to your health. In many instances counterfeit cosmetic materials have been known to cause serious adverse reactions such as infections, facial paralysis, tissue death and blindness. Manufacturers of counterfeit products are not beholden to the same rigorous materials and safety testing standards.

In order to prevent the risk of buying counterfeit, only buy from authorized medical providers or directly from the manufacturers, do your due diligence when researching the names and places of your suppliers.

Anyone with information about this crime, has been sold medical services by Vivian Espinoza or regarding counterfeit crimes are asked to contact Commercial Crimes Detectives at (213) 486-6940. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P-3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.



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