New York Beautician Convicted of Disfiguring Faces of Two Clients With Bogus Cosmetic Injections

Friday, October 17, 2008

A New York City beautician has been convicted of giving two clients bogus cosmetic injections that disfigured their faces.

Patricia Villegas was found guilty Wednesday of charges including assault, reckless endangerment and scheme to defraud. The 54-year-old faces up to 14 years in prison.

Defense lawyer Sean McNicholas says Villegas never did anything improper to one of the complaining clients, and never even treated the other. He says Villegas plans to appeal.

Queens prosecutors say the women paid a total of more than $2,000 for injections they were told were beauty enhancers including collagen and cortisone, but were actually “consistent with silicone.”

Prosecutors say the women’s lips became so deformed they had trouble talking and eating, and multiple surgeries have left them with permanent scars.


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