Faith Healer Pleads Guilty To Practicing Without License

Woman Allegedly Sold Antibiotics To Undercover Cop

LOS ANGELES — A faith healer has pleaded guilty to unlawfully practicing medicine after selling antibiotics to an undercover police officer and injecting drugs into a man who later died.

Reina Chavarria of Los Angeles was arrested in October 2002 and entered her plea Tuesday. Chavarria gained notoriety in the Hispanic community because she was praised by radio host Renan Almendarez Coello for her faith healing services.

A separate negligence suit has been filed against Chavarria, Coello and the Hispanic Broadcasting Corp., parent of the radio station that runs Coello’s show, in the death of Roberto Caceres, an Orange County man who received injections from Chavarria last year.

Brook Morganstein, a spokeswoman for Univision Radio, which recently acquired Hispanic Broadcasting Corp., said Wednesday the company doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

Chavarria’s guilty plea to three counts of tax evasion and four counts of unlawful medicine practice means an earlier charge of involuntary manslaughter will be dropped. She will be sentenced to three to six years in state prison and ordered to pay $250,000 in restitution when she returns to Superior Court on Nov. 4, said Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Dmitry Gorin.

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