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Victim count now five in body enhancement scam

caines | 11/30/2011, 7 a.m.

Disfigurement and death are results of illegal procedures

More women continue to come forward filing complaints with local police, after national news coverage revealed the sordid case of an undetermined number of illegal body enhancement procedures performed by at least two area men. Police arrested Oneal Ron Morris, 30, last week on charges of practicing healthcare without a license and causing bodily injury. He had been released after posting a $15,000 bond, but was arrested again after a second victim came forward. Photos taken by Miami Gardens police, the city in which Morris is alleged to have performed the procedure on at least one woman who wanted to enlarge her buttocks, show that the so-called doctor apparently had the same work done on himself. It is believed that Morris is part of a team of swindlers who have made sizable profits by taking advantage of people, mostly women, who want to change their physical appearance but cannot afford to pay for cosmetic surgery by a licensed practitioner. The Florida Department of Health found in its analysis of the injections that several foreign and potentially life-threatening substances were injected into Oneals latest victim including automotive and household products. The woman required hospitalization right after the procedure was performed and continues to suffer from permanent scarring and pain. Corey Alexander Eubank, 40, of Hollywood, is the second person arrested in South Florida. He faces two counts of unlicensed practice of a healthcare professional with serious injury and two counts of acting as a principal, according to police. Both victims required extensive hospitalization and continue to recover. They both report having undergone the procedures in Miami Gardens and say that Morris and Eubank were working together in the dangerous scam. As the case continued to gain more attention, another three women came forward. Several of the victims, including Rajee Narinesingh, are transgender women who had signed up for chin and cheek enhancements. Instead the result was grotesque facial disfigurement. It has taken police here in Miami Gardens and as far away as Tampa over a year to make any headway in the case. Morris, a habitual criminal for at least 10 years, continued to evade arrest. The two perpetrators may only be the tip of the iceberg home buttocks augmentations have reportedly been going on in South Florida for years some have resulted in death. By D. Kevin McNeirkmcneir@miamitimesonline.com