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Spa Owner Charged With Nearly Killing Customer With Illegal Liposuction

A spa owner is being accused of performing an unlawful liposuction on a customer and then re-injecting the fat into the client's buttocks, causing serious injury.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says 27-year-old Barbara Nieto, of Queens, was charged with assault, reckless endangerment and unauthorized practice of medicine.

Brown says Nieto, owner of Perfect Image Stethics, performed the procedure on the victim in March and several days later the woman experienced severe pain. She was hospitalized and underwent life-saving surgery.

Nieto, who was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Friday, faces up to seven years in prison if convicted. She was released on her own recognizance and is due back in court on April 27.

A call to her lawyer was not immediately returned.