A Flushing woman who illegally injected two customers with a foreign substance during “buttocks enhancement” procedures that she was not licensed to perform has been sentenced to two to three years in prison.
In one instance, the victim has been hospitalized on several occasions since the procedure was performed in November 2012.
Liliana Coello, 41, of 157th Street pleaded guilty in May to second-degree assault and unauthorized practice of a profession before Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Kron, who sentenced Coello Tuesday to a determinate term of two years in prison on the assault charge and an indeterminate term of one to three years on the unauthorized practice of a profession charge. The sentences will run concurrently.
Coello was initially arrested in December 2012. According to the criminal charges, a 40-year-old woman known to the District Attorney’s Office had met with Coello a month earlier at her Flushing home, and was told that a buttocks enhancement procedure would cost $2,500 and that she had performed the procedure many times.
Coello, using a large needle, injected each of the patient’s buttocks multiple times with a clear gel-like substance.
When the procedure was completed, Coello covered the injection sites with bandages, gave the patient a girdle to wear for support, told her the pain would subside in three days and that some leakage was normal. The patient paid Coello $2,300.
The patient experienced daily redness, pain and swelling and called Coello, who told her not to worry. When the patient returned to Coello’s home on three subsequent visits, each time complaining of pain and leakage, Coello injected her buttocks with substances purported to be penicillin and applied Krazy glue to the sites that were leaking on one visit.
The patient was admitted to New York Presbyterian Hospital and diagnosed with massive cellulitis of the buttocks with chronic inflammatory response. She remained there for several days and was treated with antibiotics. The patient was subsequently released and then twice readmitted, each time for approximately one week.
Coello was rearrested in May 2014 when as part of an ongoing investigation it was learned that she had performed a similar buttocks enhancement procedure on another woman in August 2011.