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I-Team goes in-depth on DCA investigation into prominent Palm Springs doctor

News Channel 3's I-Team is uncovering the latest details in the investigation of a prominent Palm Springs doctor who was arrested on Wednesday at his office.

Agents from the CA Department of Consumer Affairs were on site of the office of Dr. Derakhsh Fozouni on East Tachevah Drive until late Wednesday afternoon.

Fozouni, an obstetrician-gynecologist, was arrested and booked into county jail in Banning. Jail records show that Fozouni faces felony counts of 'conspiracy to commit a crime,' 'second-degree burglary,' and a misdemeanor 'practicing medicine without a certificate.'

Dr. Derakhsh Fozouni

A woman was also arrested at the medical office yesterday. She faces similar charges of 'conspiracy to commit a crime, 'practicing medicine without a certificate,' and second-degree burglary.

The DCA regularly conducts investigations for the California Medical Board and other state agencies. Officials confirmed the investigation is not connected to a disciplinary order from earlier this year.

In that case, Fozouni was accused of gross negligence in the care of a patient whose baby died shortly after birth in 2015.

The accusations resulted in a settlement and disciplinary order that included public reprimand and additional courses, including ethics and medical record-keeping.

Fozouni is no longer in custody. News Channel 3's I-Team investigator Peter Daut went to his office and knocked on his door but no one answered, even though he could hear people inside.

Peter tried calling band spoke with an operator.

"We are currently closed. If you have a medical emergency, please hang up and dial 911," the operator said.

The operator said the office would remain closed today and tomorrow.

Fozouni's staff did open the door for a patient, Kimberly Salas, who had an appointment.

Peter asked Salas what she heard as she went to the office.

"Just that they have an emergency, and they may give me a call back to reschedule my appointment," Salas said.

Salas said Fozouni is scheduled to deliver her baby girl via c-section on Tuesday but that is now unclear.

"That's very surprising to find out that he was arrested yesterday, so it kind of caught me off guard," Salas said.

In this Youtube video, Fozouni's office says personal attention and a genuine concern for his patients' needs are what set him apart. But now, with her baby's scheduled c-section just a few days away, Salas worries if her needs will get met.

"With everything going on with the pandemic, now I just have to figure out ok what's going to happen on Tuesday. Do I need to see a different doctor, or what's going to happen with the surgery," Salas said.

Fozouni is scheduled to be arraigned in April. He still currently has his medical license.. so he can continue to treat patients.

Stay with News Channel 3 for any updates.

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Peter Daut

KESQ News Team


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