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Crime & Cases December 28, 2012  RSS feed

Fake Dr. A Real Pain In The A$$

Left Customer’s Booty In Bad Shape

Liliana Coello Liliana Coello A Flushing woman has been charged with illegally injecting a customer with a foreign substance during abuttocks enhancement” procedure that she was not licensed to perform, which caused the victim to be hospitalized three times since the procedure was performed last month.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown identified the defendant as Liliana Coello, 39, of 157th Street in Flushing, who was arraigned last Thursday, Dec. 20, before Queens Criminal Court Judge Suzanne Melendez on charges of second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and unauthorized practice of medicine.

Coello was ordered held on $75,000 bail and to return to court on Jan. 2, 2013. She faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

“[Coello] allegedly exploited the vanity of her customer by pretending to be qualified to perform a proce- dure that in fact may only legally be performed in New York State by a licensed medical professional,” Brown said. “This is a serious crime that could have had fatal consequences for the victim had she not sought legitimate medical assistance. Even doing so, she remains in a potentially life-threatening condition.”

According to the criminal charges, a 40-year-old woman met with Coello on Nov. 1 at her Flushing home, and was told that a buttocks enhancement procedure would cost $2,500 and that she had performed the procedure many times. Scheduling an appointment, it is alleged that the customer returned to Coello’s home on the morning of Nov. 3.

On that day, Coello—using a large needle—allegedly injected each of the customer’s buttocks multiple times with a clear gel-like substance which Coello called “expandable cells.” After each injection, the suspect kneaded the area to distribute the substance around the buttocks.

It is alleged that the procedure lasted a few hours and when it was done, Coello covered the injection sites with bandages, gave the customer a girdle to wear for support, told her the pain would subside in three days and that some leakage was normal.

The victim alleged she was given a discounted price and paid $2,300 for the procedure before leaving.

Additionally, it is charged that the victim experienced daily redness, pain and swelling and called Coello, who told her not to worry. It is further charged that the victim returned to Coello’s home on Nov. 7, 9 and 11, 2012, complaining of pain and leakage each time.

Prosecutors said Coello allegedly injected the customer’s buttocks with substances purported to be penicillin on Nov. 7, with another substance on Nov. 9, and then on Nov. 11 applied superglue to the sites that were leaking.

On Nov. 12, the victim continued to experience pain and leakage and was admitted to New York Presbyterian Hospital and diagnosed with massive cellulitis (infection) of the buttocks with chronic inflammatory response. She remained there for several days and was treated with antibiotics. The victim was subsequently released and then twice readmitted, each time for approximately one week.

Finally, it is alleged that the doctors who treated the victim determined that she is experiencing a foreign body reaction to the injected substance, that the injected substance is migrating to other parts of her body, that she has been in constant pain and has difficulty sitting. A biopsy of the migrating substance determined that it is consistent with silicone and/or paraffin.

Furthermore, according to the victim’s doctors, the substance in the victim’s body is potentially lifethreatening in that she can develop gangrene, that the substance could be carcinogenic, there can be vascular compromise of the leg which would affect the flow of blood, and further that the injected substance will pose a life-long issue because the complainant will need recurring hospitalization for treatment.

The investigation was conducted by Det. Michael Devecchis of the NYPD Major Case Squad, under the supervision of Sgt. Frank Ventura and Lt. Christopher Flanagan.

Assistant District Attorney Allison P. Wright of the District Attorney’s Economic and Environmental Crimes Bureau is prosecuting the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Gregory C. Pavlides, bureau chief, and Christina Hanophy, deputy bureau chief, and the overall supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney for Investigations Peter A. Crusco and Deputy Executive Assistant District Attorney for Investigations Linda M. Cantoni.

It was noted that criminal charges are merely an accusation and that defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.