MIAMI (AP) — A Venezuelan man was charged with administering buttocks-enhancement injections that killed a Miami woman in 2013.
Jose Robusto, 43, was booked Saturday with manslaughter and practicing unlicensed medicine resulting in death.
He is accused of giving the injections that killed Suyima Torres, 28. The medical examiner’s office ruled she died of an embolism.
The Miami Herald reports Robusto is accused of performing the injections at a clinic that only had a license to give massages but advertised on Facebook that it had certified plastic surgeons.
Robusto is listed on the jail’s website, but it’s unclear whether he has an attorney.
Police said 43-year-old Robusto posed as a Venezuelan doctor and injected an oily, yellow substance with a plastic syringe into the woman’s bottom for $1,500 in April 2013. Police said she returned for a second treatment about 10 days later, at a cost of $800.
The victim’s aunt told authorities that hours later she felt dizzy and was rushed to the hospital where she died that night. The medical examiner’s office ruled she died of an embolism.
After the death, Robusto left for his native Venezuela but was arrested when he returned to Miami on Friday.
Cosmetic procedures performed by bogus doctors are common in South Florida, especially procedures promising to augment derrieres.
A transgender woman was arrested in 2012 after police said she injected bathroom caulk, cement, Super Glue, Fix-A-Flat and mineral oil into the bodies of victims. Authorities said one patient died as a result of the procedure.