A Florida woman who admitted to performing cosmetic surgeries on her pregnant wife and her unborn child in exchange for cash, according to a federal indictment unsealed Thursday alleges that she gave her patients cash or gift cards, even though they were too young to have signed any contracts.
Marion Hickey, 37, of Coral Springs, admitted in a court filing that she performed more than 100 procedures on her wife, 30-year-old Danielle, and her 4-month-old daughter, but only a few of them were performed in the state of Florida.
Hickey said in the court filing, “I wanted to make the world a better place, and the best place for my family was Florida.”
Hickey told federal investigators that her wife had a medical condition and was in pain from surgery.
She said she performed the procedures, including an emergency caesarean section on the baby.
Hickys husband was arrested last week, accused of lying to federal agents in connection with the allegations.
Hicky was arrested in March after a woman filed a complaint alleging that she had been forced to pay $1,200 for a procedure she said was a cosmetic procedure and that she was given cash, a gift card and prescription medications.
The woman said she had no idea the procedure was a medical procedure and said she was told it was to help her.
Hickeys son, who lives in Florida, is also accused of falsifying his father’s medical records to obtain cash and gift cards.
He was arrested on March 12 and is currently being held in the Collier County Jail in Pensacola.
According to the criminal complaint, the woman said the procedure, known as a cosmetic or plastic surgery, took place in April or May of 2016 and that the patient agreed to pay Hickey $1.1,000 for the procedure.
Hiccys son is also charged with filing false tax returns to obtain more than $200,000 in gifts and cash, as well as for failing to pay income taxes for three years.
Hics family has lived in Florida for at least 10 years, according the criminal case.
The couple is believed to have moved to Florida after their son moved to California.
Hicks attorney, David R. Dominguez, told the Associated Press that the charges are a “sad day” for Florida, a state that has the highest per capita incarceration rate in the nation.