SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —A Sanford woman is accused of illegally administering silicone injections that led to a woman’s death in November, federal prosecutors say.
Prosecutors said Deanna Roberts, 46, was arrested Wednesday and made her first appearance in court in Orlando.
Authorities said Roberts falsely claimed to be a licensed medical practitioner and illegally transported gallons of liquid silicone from Florida to Atlanta for clandestine cosmetic procedures between 2004 and December.
Prosecutors said Roberts falsely swore that she did not intend to inject the federally regulated material into humans, when she had injected it into customers’ buttocks, lips and elsewhere.
Authorities said Roberts injected liquid silicone directly into a woman’s buttocks and she later died.
Messages to the attorney listed for Roberts weren’t immediately returned.
“I hope that she gets everything thrown at her, it’s awful,” said Leigh Shannon, local female impersonator.
According to a federal indictment, Roberts is charged with illegally injecting silicone in the hips, buttocks and other body parts of at least five people, including the person who died.
The indictment said the alleged injections were given to a person identified only as “L.H.”
Two days after the alleged injections were given, transgender performer Lateasha Shuntel died.
Female impersonator Leigh Shannon said as quiet as it is kept, illegal injections have been going on since the late 1960s to enhance one’s career and looks.
“Female impersonators who have no money, low-income, are doing this and the people are taking advantage of the them,” Shannon said.
The indictment said Roberts defrauded her victims by claiming she was a licensed medical practitioner. Federal agents raided her home and arrested her two days ago.
“I think it’s kind of absurd, she could get away with it for so long,” neighbor Anthony Haddock said.
The indictment said also that between 2004 and 2015 Roberts purchased 178 gallons of liquid silicone that was shipped from Arizona to Florida and Virginia.
“It takes just a smidge to go in the bloodstream and (it) can kill you,” Shannon said.
Roberts is in the Seminole County Jail and is expected to be taken to Atlanta to face prosecution.
Agents said Roberts also lied when she purchased the liquid silicone. The indictment said she signed an affidavit saying she would not use it to inject in humans, rather to lubricate the client’s medical equipment.
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