South Texas spa owner sentenced to 3 years for giving illegal silicone injections

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McALLEN, Texas — A South Texas beauty spa owner has been sentenced to three years in prison for illegally injecting liquid silicone into clients at her salon, a practice that led to the death of one woman.

Federal prosecutors said in a statement Friday that 38-year-old Elva Navarro of Hidalgo injected at least 30 women and falsely told them she was trained and certified to provide the injections.

They say one woman died in October 2013 after receiving an injection at Navarro's spa in McAllen. Another client became sick and was hospitalized in 2012.

Use of the liquid silicone is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Navarro pleaded guilty in June to one count of receiving through interstate commerce an adulterated device with the intent to defraud or deceive.

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