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Second suspect arrested in 'toxic tush' case

MIAMI — A second person has been arrested in South Florida's notorious "toxic tush" case, charged with assisting a fake doctor accused of leaving patients with life-threatening injuries from a buttocks-enhancement procedure that involved injecting a toxic stew of household and automotive chemicals into their bodies.

Corey Alexander Eubank, 40, of Hollywood, was charged with two counts of unlicensed practice of a healthcare professional with serious injury and two counts of acting as a principal, according to Miami Gardens police.

He was arrested Wednesday.

Eubank is accused of aiding Oneal Ron Morris, 30.

Morris' clients believed they were getting a backside enhancement. What they really got, according to police, were injections of cement, mineral oil, Fix-a-Flat and Super Glue. The injections left the victims ill, sending them to hospitals.

Miami Gardens police said that both Eubank and Morris were in jail Wednesday night. Morris, a man who identifies as a woman, was arrested last week on charges of practicing healthcare without a license, causing serious bodily injury, and bonded out. He was re-arrested Wednesday after a second victim came forward.

In the case that brought the scheme to light last week, Morris is accused of duping a Miami Gardens woman into paying for six injections of what, in her case, was a near-lethal formula of chemicals administered through a tube hooked to a cooler, according to police and state investigators.

Other victims contacted police in the days afterward. The new charges are based on information provided by a second woman who went about the same time as the first, in May 2010, for the procedure at a home at 1114 NW 206th Ter., Miami Gardens.

Both were told by Eubank, who coordinated the meeting, that Morris "made his living by conducting this procedure at homes at a certain price," Eubank's arrest affidavit states.

Eubank walked the women in one at a time, prepared a portable massage table and escorted witnesses out of the room before Morris began his work, the affidavit states.

The second victim knew Morris as "Duchess," and paid $900 for what she was told was a silicone injection, another affidavit said.

Morris told her, "This is my profession. Don't worry," according to police.

At the end of the second woman's procedure, Morris covered the injection sites with cotton balls dabbed with Super Glue, and suggested the women soak them with Epsom salts afterward to remove them, police said.

Afterward, both victims said, they paid Morris, who used some of that money to pay Eubank. The victims also were told to buy a "support garment" from Eubank to wear while they recovered, the arrest document said.

When the second victim called Morris twice afterward with health concerns, she told investigators, Morris first recommended more soaks, then later suggested she "tell the hospital she had MRSA (a staph infection resistant to most antibiotics) and the MRSA treatment would resolve her symptoms," the affidavit says.

The woman who was told to do salt soaks underwent surgery twice at Memorial Hospital West in Pembroke Pines to remove cysts and a lymph node, according to police. She also received two blood transfusions and needed home healthcare for four months, police said.

Both victims eventually recovered.

Morris has an extensive arrest record stretching back more than a decade. She allegedly used fake driver's licenses and phony identification, wrote bad checks and has been charged with theft in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Alachua counties. The resolution of those cases could not be determined Wednesday.

Police suspect that Morris is part of a network of scam artists who prey on people who want to change their appearance but can't afford to pay for traditional cosmetic surgery.

Second suspect arrested in 'toxic tush' case 11/24/11 [Last modified: Thursday, November 24, 2011 8:35pm]
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