Randallstown woman sentenced for injecting clients with nonmedical silicone
A judge sentenced a Randallstown woman Friday to two years in prison for injecting a liquid silicone used in caulk and other nonmedical products into thousands of customers’ buttocks and other areas of the body, the Maryland U.S. attorney’s office said.
Kendra Westmoreland, 55, pleaded guilty in February to injecting polydimethylsiloxane, a silicon-based organic polymer, directly into the bodies of customers for cosmetic purposes, charging $250 to $500 per session, the office said.
According to her plea agreement, between October 2000 October 2015, West- moreland estimated she injected thousands of customers, either at her home or in hotel rooms, to give customers larger and fuller buttocks, or to shape other areas of their bodies.
Westmoreland led customers to believe she was a licensed medical practitioner and that the silicon was “medical grade.” But federal prosecutors said polydimethylsiloxane is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for injections into the body. It is found in shampoos to make hair shiny, as an anti-foaming agent in food, caulk, lubricants, kinetic sand, and heatresistant tiles.
Police searched Westmoreland’s home on Oct. 4, 2015, where a room was set up to resemble an operating room, including medical equipment and collages of photographs of individuals exposing their buttocks. Police also found 126 people listed as clients on her cellphone. A financial audit of her finances showed that between December 2011 and October 2015 deposits totaling to $276,000, with no tax payments or tax returns filed during that period, prosecutors said.
An attorney listed for Westmoreland did not respond to a request for comment Friday afternoon.
As part of the sentence, U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander also ordered Westmoreland to serve one year of supervised release and pay a $2,500 fine. John Regional Catholic School in Frederick County, St. John the Evangelist School in Baltimore County, St. Louis School in Howard County, St. Mary Catholic School in Washington County, and Saint Peter’s Elementary School in Charles County. The national honors will be awarded Nov. 6 and 7 in Washington by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.