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Deaths result from illegal cosmetic procedures

National report — More deaths and arrests have been reported recently as the result of illegal cosmetic procedures and budget-strapped patients seeking quick alternatives to cosmetic surgery.

A New York man faces six months in prison and $8,700 restitution for performing liposuction and other cosmetic surgery procedures without a medical license, according to the Associated Press. Carlos Arango, who is not a licensed physician, pleaded guilty to a felony count for performing liposuction and other procedures on several New York women who he recruited from a spa in Queens. The procedures were performed in Stamford, Conn., and Manhattan, N.Y.

Mississippi resident Tracey Lynn Garner, 53, was charged with depraved-heart murder after the death of an Atlanta resident who received an illegal buttocks implant at his house, the AP reports. Karina Gordon, 37, became sick several hours after the procedure and died in a Georgia hospital a few days later.

In New Jersey, Kasia Rivera, 35, was arrested in December 2011 after the death of Justin Street, 22, who attended a “pumping party” at her East Orange, N.J., home in May, the Washington Post reports. Mr. Street received a silicone injection for a penile enhancement and suffered from a silicone embolism in the lungs. Ms. Rivera earlier this month pleaded not guilty to reckless manslaughter.

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