Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Suspect charged with Unlicensed Practice of Medicine; Officers are concerned there may be additional victims

111610 - Suspect charged with Unlicensed Practice of Medicine; Officers are concerned there may be additional victims

    Boise, Nov. 16, 2010 - Boise Police arrested a suspect this afternoon charged with the unlicensed practice of medicine, a felony. The suspect is accused of giving at least two adult women breast exams after convincing the victims the suspect was a plastic surgeon.

    Arrested: Kristina B. Ross, 37, Boise

    Charge: Unlicensed Practice (F)  ISC 54-1804(2)

    What Happened - Initial Report: Boise Police were called to a downtown medical office by employees of a licensed plastic surgeon the morning of Tuesday,  November 2, 2010. Office employees reported to the officer they had taken several calls in recent weeks from women asking for a doctor claiming they had appointments, even surgeries scheduled with that doctor. However, the medical staff told the officer what they had also told the callers, that no doctor with that name worked at that office. Office employees said, as the calls continued they grew increasingly concerned as the doctor's name given by the women was completely unknown to anyone who worked in the practice. The women were asking for a doctor named Berlyn Aussieahshowna.

    Officers Find Victims: Officers were able to obtain the names of two women who had called the doctor's office asking for Dr. Aussieahshowna. When officers spoke with the women, who are unknown to each other, each reported they initially met a person claiming to be Dr. Aussieahshowna in a local bar/nightclub, one met the suspect in a bar/nightclub in downtown Boise, the other in Meridian. The women each reported they had seen the suspect at the bar on more than one occasion. The women said the suspect's vacabulary and apparent medical knowledge eventually convinced them the suspect was a plastic surgeon. Both women said the suspect, acting as Dr. Aussieahshowna, performed what the victims thought were breast exams, or touched their breasts under the guise of a medical evaluation. Information given to officers it the contact between suspect and victims occurred at the bars. Both victims say the suspect, acting as Dr. Aussieahshowna, gave them the phone number of the legitimate plastic surgeon's office when the victims asked for a contact number. 

    Evidence Suspect Posed as a Doctor: Investigating officers have found the suspect Ross is not, nor has ever been a licensed medical doctor and never worked in the medical office where the victims were referred. Investigators have also found no evidence of any medical doctor licensed in Idaho with the name Berlyn Aussieahshowna. 

     Officers from the Boise Police patrol division and detectives from the Boise Police Special Victims Unit, working with prosecutors, arrested the suspect on the above charges earlier today and booked the suspect into the Ada County Jail.

    Concern for Additional Victims:Boise Police detectives have been told by both known victims, who now wish to press criminal charges, they were convinced at the time they had contact with the suspect that the suspect was a medical doctor. Both victims and detectives share the concern there may be other victim's who allowed Ross, acting as Dr. Aussieahshowna, to perform fake exams or promise plastic surgery, including breast augmentation or related surgery, liposuction, laser or body shaping treatments. 

    More Info? Call Crime Stoppers:Investigators are asking anyone who may have information on other potential victims to please call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. 

    Idaho State Code: 54-1804.Unlicensed practice-- http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title54/T54CH18SECT54-1804.htm

    54-1804(2)  Except as provided in subsection (1) of this section, it shall constitute a felony for any person to practice medicine in this state without a license and upon conviction thereof shall be imprisoned in the state prison for a period not to exceed five (5) years, or shall be fined not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or shall be punished by both such fine and imprisonment.