By Wyatt Earp | April 20, 2010
In keeping with today’s theme of Criminal Day, I give you this story from Venezuela: home of the cosmetic surgery gangs. .
Venezuelan police have arrested a man and woman accused of impersonating plastic surgeons and providing women with silicone breast and buttock implants from an illegal clinic in an apartment. Cosmetic surgery, especially breast enlargement, is widespread in image-conscious Venezuela, which is known for beauty queens who have won many international pageant titles.
Reinaldo Henriquez was charged with aggravated fraud while sidekick Hersi Rodriguez was accused of aiding and abetting him by recruiting clients and taking them to their surgery in the western city of Maracay, the Attorney General’s office said. Henriquez, 26, and Rodriguez, 34, are beauticians who belonged to a gang called “The Silicons” and attracted customers with rock-bottom prices, local media reported.
Dude, what the Hell is going on in that country? As you would expect, the workmanship in these clinics is pretty shoddy. A photo of the “implants” these people were using is below the fold.