A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to receiving and selling misbranded silicone for buttock injections that led to a woman's death in Maryland.
Federal prosecutors announced Friday that 44-year-old Vinnie Taylor of Wilmington, North Carolina, admitted that he gave women injections to enhance their buttocks. Taylor, who isn't a medical practitioner, told clients that he used medical grade silicone and the procedure performed in hotel rooms in several states was safe. The plea estimates Taylor made nearly $1.6 million.
Prosecutors say Taylor injected at least seven women in Prince George's County with the silicone between September 2013 and September 2014.
In March 2014, Taylor met the victim at a hotel room in Capitol Heights and gave her injections in her buttocks, prosecutors said. Investigators say the woman became ill after the injections and checked herself into a local hospital, where she later died.
Taylor is expected to plead guilty to a criminal information, admitting that his actions resulted in the woman's death. In exchange, Prince George's County prosecutors dismissed first-degree murder charges.