Issaquah woman faces jail time after injecting salon customers with counterfeit Botox
August 28, 2009
NEW — 12:05 p.m. Aug. 28, 2009
The proprietor of a Bellevue salon was arrested late Monday after federal authorities said she illegally injected customers with counterfeit cosmetic products.
The proprietor, Issaquah resident Xin “Faith” He, 46, illegally injected customers with counterfeit Botox, a prescription wrinkle remover, and prescription cosmetic filler Restylane, authorities said in a three-count indictment unsealed Tuesday. He could face up to the three years behind bars.
Authorities said He had been injecting patients at her Bellevue salon, Natural Beauty, since November 2004. Customers paid for misbranded drugs, the indictment states.
Agents searched the salon in April, where they discovered vials labeled with Chinese characters. Food and Drug Administration officials have approved no products similar to Botox and Restylane manufactured in China.
Agents also discovered receipts and other documents at the salon indicating He had imported the drugs from China, the indictment states.
Only a doctor can prescribe and administer Botox and Restylane. He is a licensed esthetician and manicurist.
A woman told authorities she visited the salon in March 2005. She was injected with what she believed was Botox. She told authorities the drug was in vial marked with Chinese characters.
The incident was reported to the state Department of Health and officials launched an investigation of the salon, the indictment states. Agents recovered vials of counterfeit Botox from the salon. In July 2006, health department officials sent a cease-and-desist order to He asking her to stop performing medical procedures.
In April 2008, He injected another woman with counterfeit Restylane, the indictment states. The woman suffered inflammation and scarring; she sought medical treatment from a Mountlake Terrace plastic surgeon. The woman eventually had plastic surgery to have the counterfeit substance removed, according to the indictment.