Man pleads guilty to multiple felony counts

A man who may have worked at medical facilities in Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley has been convicted of using a stolen identity to work as a physician assistant and treating a patient without a license.

Steve Armand Martinez, 60, of San Juan Capistrano, pleaded guilty to four felony counts of the unauthorized practice of medicine, six felony counts of prescribing medication without a license, two felony counts of identity theft, one felony count of grand theft, one felony count of theft with a prior conviction, one misdemeanor count of identity theft with the intent to defraud, and one misdemeanor count of misrepresenting himself as a physician assistant.

He worked at Pure Life Medical Center in Irvine, San Clemente Medi-Center and Coastal Heart Medical Group in Santa Ana before being arrested.

Authorities indicated he may have worked at unknown local facilities, possibly based on his résumé.

Martinez was sentenced to two years in state prison.

— Candice Baker


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