JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A man was arrested earlier this month after Jacksonville police say he was injecting people with Botox without a license and drinking Four Lokos while he was doing it.
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Director Mike Bruno said Wednesday that Nelson Amilcar Turin, 47, “was willing to let his clients take a risk so he could get paid in cash.”
Turin was charging clients $350 for treatments that Bruno said would typically cost $1,200.
JSO got the tip about Turin from other law enforcement. Bruno said Turin was doing lip, chin and cheek fillers at a legitimate spa in Jacksonville and he tricked the staff into thinking he was a legitimate professional.
Online ads showed Turin posing as “Dr. Nelson Turin,” working out of a spa on San Jose Boulevard. One ad promoted an event called “Botox and Bubbles.” Police also found online videos that showed Turin injecting people.
On March 12, a JSO detective posing as a client went to the spa and the detective saw Turin drinking alcohol.
The vials, which had labels from foreign countries, contained Botox, Lidocaine and other drugs that he didn’t have the right to have, Bruno said.
Turin received training from an institute in Orlando, which is how he illegally obtained Botox, Bruno said.
Turin was arrested March 12 on three counts of possession of legend drugs without prescription with intent to sell or deliver and one count of practicing or attempting to practice medicine without a valid medical license.
Bruno said this is “one of the weirdest cases” he’d ever seen in his career and said it serves as a reminder to consumers to do their homework.
“That is a general rule as a consumer. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is,” Bruno said.
Action News Jax reached out to W. Hale Kelly, Turin’s attorney, and received this statement:
“At the moment, the case is in its infancy and is too early to make any substantive comments; but my client vehemently maintains his innocence of all charges filed by the State.”
To verify your doctor’s license, you can visit this website from the Florida Department of Health.