MIAMI — A South Florida woman previously charged with injecting people with Fix-a-Flat in a black market buttock-enhancing business was arrested Thursday on a charge of manslaughter, authorities said.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office said Oneal Morris, 32, was arrested at her mother’s house in Coconut Creek on one count of manslaughter. Shatarka Nuby, 32, died in March in Tallahassee from what an assistant medical examiner called “massive systemic silicone migration” as a result of the cosmetic silicone injections, authorities said.
Nuby wrote a letter to investigators at the Department of Health and swore in a recorded statement in December that Ms. Oneal Morris aka Dutchess, had given her injections about 10 times between 2007 and 2011, a court warrant says.
According to published reports, Nuby, had pleaded guilty in August 2010 to aggravated identity theft and a credit card fraud charge, admitting she lifted another lady’s identity so she could rack up nearly $20,000 in bills.
She managed to steal the identity of a young woman applying for college. So she opened five credit cards in the woman’s name, then used her identity to run up a $9,000 plastic surgery bill for bigger boobs and liposuction under her arms.
Nuby had faced up to seven years in prison.
She has said that she needed new implants because the old ones gave her breathing problems.
When television reporters approached her leaving the jail, she did not answer any questions, except to say, “I have a lawyer.” Her lawyer said she is not guilty.
The other alleged victims have stories similar to Nuby’s. Although Shatarka was the only victim whose complications were fatal, authorities said. Nuby told friends and relatives that the injection sites became hard and hot and her skin turned black. Another alleged victim had to undergo surgery after an injection, authorities said.
Rajee Narinesingh, a man who lives as a woman, said she did not have the money to pay a licensed plastic surgeon to enhance her features and went to Morris after learning of her by “word of mouth” in the transsexual community. She said she underwent a back room procedure by Morris more than two years ago and is still trying to fix what she did. “I had to end up going to surgery, to get me even to this point,” Narinesingh told reporters while pointing to the disfigurement on her face she still is trying to have reversed.
Has this become the new price of beauty? What say you?