A Maricopa County Superior Court Judge refused on Friday to lower the bond amount for a man arrested for posing as a doctor and treating patients.
An attorney for Craig Allen Scherf had requested that the $20,000 bond be lowered so that the defendant could be released from jail.
“I have some concern about the duration of activities that appear to be illegal,” said Judge Barbara Spencer, during an oral argument.
In January, ABC15 went undercover to expose Scherf illegally running a medical clinic, where he was performing procedures like skin injections and laser hair removal without a license.
The station also uncovered it was just Scherf’s latest scheme in deceiving people with bogus credentials.
The Attorney General’s Office investigated and charged Scherf with 29 criminal charges.
At the hearing, an Attorney General’s Office prosecutor said more discovery and evidence is coming, which means more charges are possible.
The state also said that they are learning new information about Scherf and more victims are coming forward every week.
In response, Scherf’s attorney said if bond was lowered, Scherf would pose no flight risk because he has long ties to the community and is committed to putting this case behind him.
A tentative trial date was set for July.
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