A Massachusetts woman was indicted today on federal charges that she allegedly offered $700 buttock- and lip-augmentation injections using an improperly-labeled liquid from Colombia that was not designed to be injected.
Valentina Perez Tavarez, also known as Rossi Tavarez, 37, who has addresses in Methuen and Dorchester, was indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for receiving a “misbranded cosmetic device” via interstate commerce and for offering to inject that “device” — a liquid — in exchange for money.
The federal indictment alleged that, between Feb. and Sept. 2011, Tavarez, who is not a licensed physician or nurse, offered buttock and lip augmentation injections, charging $700 per injection
She used a liquid, which she reffered to as “Metacor” and “Metacrill.” The liquid was stored in a bottle labled “Estetical Plus 100% Natural,” and a description written in Spanish on the bottle said it contained oil and was meant to be applied on the skin externally, according to the indictment.
The bottle did not have any directions for injecting the liquid.
Authorities said they later discovered the bottle had been shipped via Federal Express from Colombia and testing by the Food and Drug Administration revealed the liquid was a silicone-based agent called dimethylpolysiloxane.
Tavarez allegedly violated specific rules the FDA has around proper labeling and administration of any dimethylpolysiloxane product that is intended to be “injected to reside under the skin to reshape the body, or plump wrinkles or skin folds, and which did not achieve its primary intended purpose through chemical action or metabolization,” the indictment said.
If convicted, Tavarez would face a maximum sentence of one year in prison, one year of supervised release and a $10,000 fine, authorities said.
She is due to have an initial appearance before U.S. District Magistrate Court Judge Judith G. Dein on April 29.Matt Rocheleau can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @mrochele.