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Men indicted for practicing medicine without licenses

May 2, 2014 at 12:02 a.m.


Two men accused of posing as doctors were formally charged Thursday.

Joseph Andrew DiRuzzo, also known as Joe Delarosa, and Tim McMahan were indicted by a grand jury on 16 counts of illegally practicing medicine, a third-degree felony.

DiRuzzo, 62, of Plano, and McMahan, 59, of Victoria, illegally practiced medicine from April 12, 2013, to Oct. 22 by withdrawing Victoria residents' blood and injecting them with what was purported as stem cells, according to the indictment.

Those dates correspond to the dates a Victoria family wrote checks for the service, Criminal District Attorney Stephen Tyler said.

The men are being investigated in other jurisdictions and could face more charges here, he said.

Neither holds a license from the Texas Medical Board, according to an online search.

Police said victims were asked to pay fees and join the Society for the Study of Cell and Molecular Biology to be treated for ailments ranging from arthritis to stroke-related side effects.

McMahan, police said, set up the appointments at various Victoria businesses.

They were arrested March 19.

Victoria attorney Brent Dornburg represents DiRuzzo. Richard W.B. "Rick" Davis, of Bryan, represents McMahan.

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