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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Liposuction death


A Brazilian national who owned the Framingham home where police say a woman died during illegal plastic surgery has been deported, authorities said.

Ana Celia Sielemann, 40, who faced misdemeanor charges of possession and distribution of controlled substances, was detained by customs officials after being released on bail, said Lt. Paul Shastany, spokesman for the Framingham Police Department.

Paula Grenier, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Sielemann was deported to Brazil on Sept. 1 because of a deportation order issued against her in July 2001.

Brazilian doctor Luiz Carlos Ribeiro and his wife Ana Maria Miranda Ribeiro, both 49, are being held on charges of manslaughter in the death of 24-year-old Fabiola DePaula.

Middlesex County prosecutors have said Sielemann rented out her basement as a makeshift clinic for the surgeries and acted as an anesthesiologist.

DePaula's relatives were upset at the development.

Beatrice DePaula, Fabiola's mother, said the district attorney's office informed her of Sielemann's deportation. "But my justice will come from God. She'll pay for what she did in this world."

Fabiola's sister, Fernanda Barbosa DePaula, a 28-year-old a law school student in Brazil, said, "This proves that justice doesn't work in America, either."

All three defendants are due in court today for a probable cause hearing, said Melissa Sherman, spokesman for the district attorney's.

-- Eduardo da Oliveira

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