Colombian national accused of illegally injecting silicone into victims' bodies in South Florida
Juan David Acosta, 44, of Hallandale Beach, pleads guilty to charges
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – A Colombian national pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegally injecting silicone into victims' bodies for aesthetic enhancements without a medical license or approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
According to court records, Juan David Acosta, 44, was paid thousands of dollars to inject silicone into victims' bodies at his home in Hallandale Beach.
Federal prosecutors said Acosta injected silicone into the buttocks of two victims on July 29, 2015, and Aug. 9, 2015, in order to change the "size, contour and structure" of that part of the body.
Prosecutors said Acosta did not disclose to the victims that silicone was being injected into their buttocks and he is not a licensed medical practitioner.
Acosta also did not receive FDA approval to administer the injections, prosecutors said.
Multiple agencies were involved in the investigation into Acosta, including the FDA-OCI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office narcotics unit and the Miami-Dade Police Department's medical crimes unit.
Acosta faces up to six years in federal prison when he is sentenced.
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