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Texas woman pleads guilty to injecting spa customers with liquid plastic

Elva Navarro had previously been arrested in connection with a kidnapping of a female college student.
Elva Navarro had previously been arrested in connection with a kidnapping of a female college student.
Hidalgo Sheriff's Office

A 37-year-old female in South Texas has entered a guilty plea in connection with injecting a dangerous liquid plastic into women at her beauty spa.

Elva Navarro of Hidalgo, violated the U.S. Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act and admitted her guilt before her federal trial was about to being Monday, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

“The investigation into Navarro began in November 2013 after law enforcement discovered she was involved with providing liquid silicone to women to effect the structure and function of their bodies,” Magidson said.

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office began investigating the Bella Face and Beauty Spa in the 400 block of North Street in McAllen, after a customer paid Navarro $750 for a sequence of injections. The woman, thinking she was getting a Botox treatment, was injected with liquid silicone which resulted in being hospitalized in intensive care for 17 days, according to Sheriff Lupe Trevino.

“These injections were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration,” stated Magidson. “Navarro falsely represented to her customers that they were safe when, in fact, they were not.”

“Navarro admitted that on October 5, 2013, she used an adulterated device, namely, liquid silicone on a female customer at her spa,” Magidson continued. “Navarro knew that the substance had caused complications on previous occasions but admitted she intended to mislead the woman by not disclosing that information to her female customer.”

The woman went through a series of surgeries but later died as a result of the injections.

Navarro has previously been released from jail on bond for a 2012 arrest in connection of a local college student. Her husband was convicted on two counts of hostage taking in January.

U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez has set sentencing for August 21, 2014. Navarro faces up to three years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine. She will remain in custody pending that hearing.

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