A North Andover woman is facing charges in federal court in Boston for allegedly selling illegal silicone injections for people’s faces and buttocks, prosecutors said.
Gladys Araceli Ceron, 71, is facing one charge of delivery for pay of an adulterated or misbranded device received in interstate commerce after she allegedly illegally performed buttocks enhancements and facial injections, the US attorney’s office in Boston said in a statement.
If convicted, she could receive a maximum sentence of a year in prison, a year of supervised release, and a fine of $100,000, prosecutors said.
Ceron has allegedly been getting “gluteal material” from someone in Florida for more than eight years and allegedly used it in her Lawrence-based business, prosecutors said.
The US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning in 2017 about the dangers of using injectable silicone. The dangers include death, stroke, or permanent disfigurement caused by a “painful and hard, gravel-like substance” that stays under the skin, according to an affidavit filed by an FDA agent in support of a criminal complaint.
A witness worked with federal agents in 2018 to make recorded phone calls to Ceron to arrange for an appointment for the injections, the agent said. Ceron allegedly told the witness that a buttock injection would cost $500 and each wrinkle-filling injection would cost $60.
In June 2018, investigators searched Ceron’s business in Lawrence and found several bottles and syringes containing clear liquid, later determined to be silicone oil, and numerous used and uncapped syringes, the agent said.
Ceron spoke to investigators and told them that the clear liquid was used for gluteal injections and that she “charges $800 to inject the material for each side of the gluteus for a total of $1600,” the agent said. She also allegedly told them that she knew performing gluteal injections was illegal in the country.
Ceron appeared in court Wednesday and was released with conditions, including being prohibited from performing cosmetic injections and an order to stay in Massachusetts. No further court date was set, prosecutors said.
Ceron is represented by Stylianus Sinnis, a public defender, according to court records. His office declined to comment.
Prosecutors encouraged anyone who believes they might be a victim of this crime to reach out to usama.VictimAssistance@usdoj.gov.Breanne Kovatch can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @breannekovatch.