Kimberly Smedley of Atlanta pled guilty today for illegally injecting silicone into the buttocks of her customers.
Smedley is not a doctor, and the silicone in question wasn’t the kind used by real doctors in real hospital rooms, officials said.
Instead, she was using 100-centistoke-dimethyl silxane fluid, which is intended for metal or plastic lubrication, as an additive for paint, or a furniture or car polish.
Smedley pleaded guilty to conspiring to introduce and deliver into interstate commerce an adulterated and misbranded device. She faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Since 2003, Smedley had ordered more than 4,920 pounds of silicone from just one vendor, according to her plea agreement. She was using it for enlargement purposes in her patients and she almost killed one of them, authorities said.
Between 2003 and 2011, Smedley injected the silicone into the buttocks of her customers in hotel rooms in the District, Baltimore, New York and other cities. She was paid between $500 and $1,600 in cash for each treatment, consisting of nine injections on each side of the buttocks.
She received more than $200,000 in total for the illegal injections.
One patient had treatments administered by Smedley on four separate occasions. During the last treatment, Smedley complied with the customer’s request to have the silicone injected into her hips.
After two visits to the hospital for shortness of breath and other symptoms, the woman had a CAT scan that revealed silicone in her lungs. She was hospitalized for four days and still has silicone in her lungs.
She contacted police and identified Smedley from a photograph. Smedley was arrested at the J.W. Marriott in October.
“Kimberly Smedley endangered her customers’ lives by injecting them with commercial silicone, causing at least one victim to suffer lung damage from a substance not approved by the Food and Drug Administration,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “No one should undergo medical procedures in a hotel room.”
U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake has scheduled sentencing for July 12.