According to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, a spa owner, Barbara Nieto, is alleged to have performed liposuction suction to a patient’s stomach and injected the fat into her buttocks for a $500 fee. Unfortunately, not only is Ms. Nieto allegedly not licensed to practice medicine or similar procedures at Perfect Image Stethics (located at 40-63 Junction Boulevard) or Bell Stetika Esthetics and Spa (located at 93-28A Corona Avenue), but it is further alleged that the patient nearly died due to her injuries.
Although often associated with individuals giving unlicensed massages or wrongfully practicing as an attorney, the practice of any profession without a license where one is required is not permissible under New York State Law. Ms. Nieto stands charged with Unauthorized Practice of a Profession, pursuant to Education Law section 6512, and faces up to four years in prison on that “E” felony. Additionally, Ms. Nieto is charged with multiple “D” felonies where she faces up to seven years in state prison if convicted. Those offenses are Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, pursuant to New york Penal Law 120.25, and two separate counts of a Assault in the Second Degree, pursuant to New York Penal Law 120.05.
According to prosecutors, the patient knew things were going wrong when she began feeling intense pain and developed a fever. As a result, the patient went to a local hospital where she was diagnosed with bilateral buttock abscesses and underwent surgery.
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