LOS ANGEGELES - On January 21, 2015, a jury returned guilty verdicts in the trial of former Encino doctor Ehab Aly Mohamed, 48. Mohamed was on trial for the death of patient Sharon Carpernter 61, and elder abuse involving a 77-year-old patient, both of whom underwent lengthy liposuction procedures at Mohamed's office.
According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the jury found Mohamed guilty of one count each of involuntary manslaughter with great bodily injury and elder abuse.
Carpenter died in August 2010 in Mohamed’s Encino office following a liposuction operation in which she was given a lethal combination of lidocaine, fentanyl and oxycodone during the procedure that lasted more than 10 hours, the prosecutor said. She died after midnight in the office.
Months earlier, Mohamed performed another lengthy liposuction procedure on a 77-year-old patient in his office. That victim survived the surgery but she lost consciousness at one point and had ongoing health issues as a result, according to the prosecutor.
Evidence presented at trial showed that the doctor’s office did not meet state-mandated safety standards governing equipment, staffing and emergency resources when he performed the surgeries on both clients.
"This case was investigated by the Medical Board of California and the Los Angeles Police Department," said Alan Barcelona, president of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA). "Thanks to those who investigated this case and the prosecutor, this former doctor who was reckless with the lives of others, is being held responsible."
Mohamed is scheduled for sentencing on February 3, 2015. He faces up to five years in state prison.