July 28, 2017: Tampa Woman Sentenced to Prison For Misbranded Drugs Used in Connection with Buttocks Injection
Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich today sentenced Isabel Colmenares (56, Tampa) to a year and a day in federal prison for receiving misbranded items with the intent to defraud. The Court also ordered her to pay $15,500 in restitution to a victim who suffered adverse medical conditions from the injections.
Colmenares pleaded guilty on October 17, 2016.
According to court documents, in December 2015, Colmenares offered to provide buttocks injections to an undercover officer claiming to use purified hyaluronic acid in the injections. Instead, Colmenares planned to use silicone that she had purchased from an individual who imported it from Colombia, falsely labeling it as “mineral oil” to avoid inspection. Colmenares, who is not licensed in Florida to perform injections on any kind, had previously offered the same silicone injections for money.
This case was investigated by the Food and Drug Administration. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelley Howard-Allen.