Fake plastic surgeon Matteo Politi has been sentenced to three years and ten months in prison by a Bucharest court. Police have put out an international warrant for his arrest.
The Bucharest Court of Appeal on Wednesday rejected Politi’s appeal against his sentence from a lower court. The ruling is final.
The Italian was sentenced to three years and ten months in prison by the District 1 Court in November for fraud but not for the unlawful exercise of the medical profession, as the statute of limitations has expired.
He was also ordered by the court to pay the civil parties moral and material damages of almost 30,000 lei and over 11,000 euros.
The man was indicted in January 2020.
According to the indictment, „between March 2018 and 07.12.2018, the man performed acts specific to the profession of plastic and aesthetic surgeon on nineteen patients, in clinics in the municipality of Bucharest”, and between March 2018 and 07.12. 2018, „misled nine injured persons as to his capacity as a specialist in plastic-aesthetic surgery and as a doctor with the right to practice in Romania, using a false name and performed on them acts specific to the capacity of plastic-aesthetic surgeon, thus obtaining an unjust patrimonial benefit consisting of the sums of money paid by the patients for the medical acts performed on them, amounting to approximately 13,880 lei and 10,150 Euro”.
The investigators also alleged that, between 3 September 2018 and 4 September 2018, he misled two injured persons, doctors – by „introducing himself as the person named M.M. (n.r. – Matthew Mode)” and that „he presented to them as true the false fact that in a short time, namely until 17 September 2018, he had been deceiving them”.
Politi was also accused of having induced officials from the Bucharest Public Health Directorate to take the necessary steps to obtain the right to practice.
He claimed to have a diploma, issued by the Faculty of Medicine from the University of Pristina in Kosovo.