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Tuesday, August 1, 2006

New charges in alleged illegal cosmetic surgery case


The owner of a Framingham condominium where a Brazilian couple allegedly performed plastic surgery without a medical license has also been charged, following the death of a woman who had a liposuction procedure.

Ana Celia Pena Sielemenn, 40, of Framingham, is charged with distributing illegal narcotics to people undergoing plastic surgery.

Prosecutors said they are still investigating Sielemann's role in the illegal clinic. Neighbors said Sielemann set up appointments for Luiz Carlos Ribeiro and his wife, Ana Maria Miranda Ribeiro, to perform the surgeries in her home.

Prosecutors said the couple, originally from Belo Horizantea, Brazil, had 30-day work visas for the sole purpose of performing plastic surgery in the basement of Sielemenn's condominium.

Fabiola de Paula, 24, a native of Brazil, was pronounced dead shortly after being brought unconscious to a Framingham hospital late Sunday after undergoing liposuction performed by Luiz Carlos Ribeiro, authorities said. An autopsy had not been completed Tuesday.

-- AP

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