LOS ANGELES – On November 14, 2019, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced that his office is prosecuting Moosa Heikali for allegedly practicing medicine without a license and Bahram Tabibian for allegedly aiding and abetting the practice of medicine without a license. The charges are the result of an investigation by the California Department of Consumer Affairs Health Quality Investigation Unit.
“State investigators are often the unsung heroes, protecting consumers from harm from individuals who don’t follow the law and have no regard for a person’s health or safety,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona.
"Practicing medicine without a valid license can place lives in grave danger, as it allegedly did in this case," said Feuer. "Unlicensed doctors provide treatment they aren’t qualified to perform. The results can be disastrous."
Moosa Heikali, 69, allegedly told a victim that he was a doctor qualified to provide knee injections and other treatments to reduce the symptoms of arthritis. These injections, which took place at his office in Westwood, allegedly resulted in a massive infection leading to sepsis and the near-death of the victim. Bahram Tabibian, 72, who is a licensed medical doctor, allegedly employed Heikali in his clinic and assisted Heikali in his unlicensed practice, even though he allegedly knew Heikali did not have a valid license.
If convicted, Heikali and Tabibian could each face up to one year in jail and up to $10,000 in fines.