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Man Pleads Guilty To Running Illegal Cosmetic Clinic

J Mateus
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

A Colombian national accused of pretending to be a doctor in South Florida and injecting silicone into his patients too as part of cosmetic procedures has pleaded guilty to several charges.

A U.S. Attorney's Office news release says Juan David Acosta, 44, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of receiving the silicone with intent to defraud or mislead. He faces up to three years in prison for each count.

Authorities say patients paid Acosta thousands of dollars for treatments at his Hallandale Beach apartment. Acosta was charged specifically with injecting silicone last summer into the buttocks of two victims in order to affect the size, contour and structure of the area. Authorities say Acosta wasn't licensed to do that and didn't inform his victims he was injecting them with silicone.