A celebrity doctor who treats Latin stars such as Diego Maradona has been arrested during a raid on his clinic after he claimed he had a cure for COVID-19.
The claim resulted in the spotlight being put on the work of Ruben Mulhberger who was reportedly arrested at his clinic in the neighbourhood of Retiro in the eastern Argentine capital Buenos Aires.
According to local media, the clinic was found to be operating without the correct licences, some members of his staff did not have the necessary qualifications and it also had out of date medicine.
Local media said that Mulhberger became the go-to doctor for the stars after Argentine actress Moria Casan used him over 10 years ago.
According to reports, his list of celebrity clients includes football legend Diego Maradona, actress Susana Gimenez and singer Charly Garcia.
In a recent interview on the TV show ‘Incorrectas’, Mulhberger claimed “I know the cure for COVID-19”, sparking outrage among netizens and medical professionals.
One colleague, Doctor Guillermo Capuya, who is a well-known TV pundit in the country, even threatened to sue him for spreading false hope and fake news.
Local media said that Mulhberger is considered a specialist in anti-ageing treatments, skincare and aesthetic surgery.
Following the police raid, his clinic has been closed after it was confirmed it did not have the correct licences for treating patients, according to reports.
He is currently released to house arrest as the investigation continues on the grounds that he is receiving treatment for cancer.
He has reportedly admitted to prosecutors that the documentation for his clinic was not in order, but said it was due to the fact that his illness meant he was unable to properly advise his secretary which resulted in the mixup.
The investigation is ongoing and, if convicted, he could reportedly face between 15 days and one year in prison.
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