Authorities in Casablanca have arrested famous plastic surgeon Hassan Tazi, his wife, and a number of employees from his clinic on April 2. The doctor is accused of falsifying official documents and embezzling charity money.
The General Prosecution moved the files of the five arrested suspects to the appeal court in Casablanca.
The charges include human trafficking and luring vulnerable people to exploit them in illegal practices, fraud, falsification of official documents, issuance of fake certificates, and illegal increases of medical services’ prices. The doctor and his partners have been also accused of ‘capturing and sharing photos of patients without their consent,” including photos of women who underwent liposuction surgeries posted on Facebook.
The General Directorate of National Security said in a statement that the National Force of Judiciary Police transferred eight people including a woman, a business owner, and a number of employees to the General Prosecution in Casablanca’s Appeal Court, for involvement in fraud, embezzlement, and forgery.
The investigations showed the suspects are involved in forming a criminal group that collects donations from philanthropists for alleged surgeries performed in the clinic where work most of the suspects. They are also accused of illegally increasing the prices of medical services to collect bigger donations, the statement added.
The national security forces arrested the main suspect responsible for contacting patients and exploiting their pictures in donations collection, as well as falsifying bills and medical reports in compliance with other suspects.
The general prosecution conducted a judicial inspection of the eight suspects and decided to keep five of them under arrest and release the rest until their trial.