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Woman accused of posing as doctor to give botox injections fined $5,000

Last Updated Mar 10, 2020 at 7:41 pm PST

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Maria Ezzati has been fined $5,000 for defying contempt of court orders first issued in 2017

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC says new legal action is still making its way through BC Supreme Court

The College issued a public warning about Ezzati after reporting she gave three people treatments at a private party

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Days after a public warning was issued about a Vancouver-area woman posing as a doctor to give Botox injections, she’s been fined $5,000.

A BC Supreme Court judge has ruled Maria Ezzati violated past orders dating back almost three years.

Brent Olthuis is a lawyer for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.

He says the new legal action filed last week is still going ahead.

“There are court dates that are tentatively reserved. It’s not entirely certain that the matter will proceed on those dates,” he says. “The college intends to proceed as I said later spring to have the most recent contempt dealt with by the court. Ezzati has explained to the court previous to she understands what the court injunction prohibits her from doing and that she understands she’s not entitled to practice medicine also that she understands that injecting dermal fillers does not amount to the practice of medicine.”

Olthuis says she must also cover some of their legal costs.

“We don’t have those quantified yet the college needs to make an appointment before a registrar of the court in order to have its cost assessed,” he says. “Ezzatti will be responsible for paying 50% of those special costs which is generally a reasonable indemnities amount.”

Ezzati is now accused of giving three people injections during a private botox party at a Vancouver home in February.

A warning was issued last week after the College reported she was secretly filmed doing it and her punishment this time could include jail time.