Injections of Unapproved Botox Lead to Woman’s Arrest for Practicing Medicine Without a License

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Friday, March 11, 2022

A Russian woman living in Irondale has been charged with the felony offense of practicing medicine without a license as the result of a joint investigation by the U.S. Secret Service Birmingham Cyber Fraud Task Force, the Homewood Police Department, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners.

The investigation began after the FDA received an anonymous tip and a separate complaint from a Mountain Brook woman who experienced a negative reaction to an injection Cherkes gave her.
Further investigation revealed that the injections being administered by Cherkes were unapproved foreign source Botox that is on an FDA import alert.

“The FDA protects the public’s health by ensuring, among other things, that ‘Botox-like’ products are safe and effective for their intended uses,” said Special Agent in Charge Justin C. Fielder, FDA Office of Criminal Investigations Miami Field Office. “We are fully committed to bringing to justice those who subvert FDA’s requirements and place unsuspecting American consumers at risk of serious harm by using unapproved and potentially unsafe products.”

“Those who practice medicine without a license are not only breaking the law, they are a threat to people’s lives. The Alabama Board of Medical Examiners will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to protect people from the unlawful and fraudulent practice of medicine in this state,” said William Perkins, Executive Director of the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners.

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