New Jersey woman charged after giving illegal cosmetic procedures
February 17, 2011
Yamile Mattos of South Plainfield, New Jersey, has been charged with practicing medicine without a license among other crimes after police discovered that she had been offering Botox injections and buttocks enhancements out of her home, according to MyCentralJersey.com.
Undercover investigators were sent to the garage where she was conducting the procedures. According to police, Mattos offered a female officer Botox injections to eliminate wrinkles and a buttocks augmentation injection.
She was arrested on Tuesday, January 12, but there is no information on whether she is being held on bail or if the woman has hired an attorney. In addition to the first charge, she was also accused of possession with intent to distribute a prescription drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.
"Medical procedures performed by unlicensed individuals put the public at unnecessary risk," said Attorney General Paula T. Dow. "We know of one case where the patient died following cosmetic surgery performed by someone other than a licensed physician."
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