Injecting silicone into the buttocks can cost the butt’s owner his or her life. Being the injector will cost Hallandale Beach’s Juan David Acosta a year and a day from his life.
That’s Acosta’s sentence in federal prison after pleading guilty to two counts of receipt in interstate commerce of a misbranded device and delivery for pay with intent to defraud or mislead. During his subsequent year of supervised release, he’ll pay a $200 fine.
The 44-year-old Colombian national collected $5,000 from one woman and $2,300-$2,500 from another woman for butt injections at his Hallandale Beach home during the 2015 summer.
Acosta’s statement with his guilty plea admits he told the first woman that, as a licensed doctor, he’d be injecting her with a natural “cellular gel.” When federal authorities tested the bottles described by the woman and taken from Acosta’s residence, the “cellular gel” was determined to be silicone.
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Woman No. 2 told federal agents she asked Acosta flat out if he was using silicone and he denied it.
Acosta is not a doctor, but he has been accused of playing one. Miami-Dade County charged him with practicing medicine without a license and three misdemeanor counts of criminal nuisance injurious to health in 2009, but wound up prosecuting only two of the misdemeanor counts. Acosta paid a $358 fine. When Acosta moved from Kendall to Hallandale Beach, he brought his unlicensed butt-building practice with him.
Silicone is not approved for butt injections by the FDA. In 2013, Suyima Torres died from silicone glute injection. That same year, Spanish-language radio personality Betty Pino died of complications from a procedure as she got silicone removed from her buttocks.