The U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Maryland announced on September 29, 2017 that a Maryland woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for injecting non-medical grade silicone into the bodies of customers. In addition to the two-year prison sentence, the woman will be subjected to one year of supervised release and must pay a $2,500 fine.
The plea agreement entered into by the woman states that from October 2000 through October 4, 2015, she received polydimethylsiloxane, a silicon-based organic polymer, that she injected directly into the bodies of customers for money or some other payment, and that she intentionally defrauded and misled individuals by representing polydimethylsiloxane as “medical grade” silicone and that it was approved for injecting directly into the human body. The plea agreement also acknowledges that the woman told customers that she was medically licensed to perform the procedure when in fact she was never a licensed medical practitioner and silicone is not approved by the FDA for this purpose.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Maryland press release states that as a result of the Maryland woman’s misrepresentations, victim customers came to her residence or to hotel rooms to have polydimethylsiloxane injected directly into their buttocks and other places on their bodies, with the intention of obtaining larger and fuller buttocks or to shape other areas of their bodies. The Maryland woman also traveled to other locations to provide her illegal services.
The Maryland woman typically charged her customers $250 to $500 per session, and estimated that she had injected thousands of customers, who she claimed found her through word of mouth or through her business website.
On October 4, 2015, a search warrant was executed at the woman’s Maryland residence where a room of her home was set up to resemble an operating room, including medical equipment and collages of photographs of individuals exposing their buttocks, representing a sampling of those who she had injected with silicone. A forensic search of the woman’s cell phone found 126 individuals listed in her contacts as clients. A forensic audit of the woman’s finances for the period from December 2011 to October 2015 revealed cash deposits of $227,994.01, and additional deposits of $48,801.06, for a total of $276,795.07. The audit found no tax payments and no tax returns filed during that period.
As part of her plea agreement, the woman admitted that she stored the polydimethylsiloxone in a plastic container that was not properly labeled for medical use (when injected into humans, liquid silicone is a medical device subject to the regulation of the FDA). Polydimethylsiloxane is not approved, exclusively or as a component, for body-contouring (polydimethylsiloxane is used in the manufacture of shampoos (to make hair shiny and slippery), food (as an antifoaming agent), caulking, lubricants, kinetic sand, and heat-resistant tiles).
The 55-year-old Maryland woman was charged with receiving and delivering an adulterated or misbranded device in connection with her receipt and use of polydimethylsiloxane, which she misrepresented to victim customers as medical grade silicone.
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