Broward County

Hallandale Beach resident charged with making illegal silicone butt injections

The U.S. Department of Justice says a Colombian national living in Hallandale Beach impersonated a doctor and injected silicone into the buttocks of two women at his home.

Juan Acosta, 44, pleaded not guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to two counts of receipt in interstate commerce of a misbranded device (getting the silicone illegally) and delivery for pay with intent to defraud or mislead. Each count carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison, one year of probation and a $250,000 fine.

The posterior modifications in question occurred July 29 and Aug. 9, 2015. Prosecutors say Acosta told the women he was a medical doctor and that he wasn’t using silicone, but rather a cellular natural gel used in hospitals.

Where Acosta definitely has experience is dealing with these charges. In 2009, Miami-Dade County charged him with practicing medicine without a license and three misdemeanor counts of criminal nuisance injurious to health. Miami New Times reported Acosta did budget butt injections for $800 apiece at his Kendall home.

Acosta wasn’t prosecuted on practicing medicine without a license and eventually pleaded guilty to two of the misdemeanor counts. He paid a $358 fine.

Silicone’s not approved for butt injections by the FDA. The health consequences for pumping up and rounding out the rear with silicone run to the maximum — death, as in the 2013 case of Suyima Torres. Venezuelan citizen Jose Robusto evaded capture for two years, but now is confined at the Metro West Detention Center while charged with manslaughter and practicing medicine without a license. That same year, popular Spanish-language radio personality Betty Pino died of complications from a procedure to remove silicone from her buttocks.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal