Self-styled unlicensed cosmetic surgeon Oneal Ron Morris was charged with manslaughter Thursday in the death of a former client, according to the Broward State Attorney's Office.
Shatarka Nuby, 31, died March 17 in federal prison in Tallahassee, where she was serving time for identity theft. Nuby was convicted of stealing about $20,000 to spend on breast implants and liposuction, according to court records.
Nuby's sister, Shira Thompson, believed the injections, which she said Morris administered in 2007 and 2008, poisoned Nuby's blood and caused her chronic lung disease. Her family awaits autopsy results.
"I knew [Morris] injected her with that stuff," said Joseph Alan Nuby, Shatarka's father. "We were just wondering when he was going to get convicted of anything."
Morris, 31, a transgender woman also known as "Duchess," was already facing charges, accused of posing as a doctor while injecting a toxic mixture of mineral oil, Fix-a-Flat tire sealant, cement and super glue into at least two other customers.
One was a Miami Gardens woman who sought a fuller figure but ended up with pneumonia-like symptoms, infections and large welts on her buttocks. The customer paid for six injections that were administered through a tube hooked to a cooler, investigators said.
She accused Morris of pumping the questionable chemical cocktail into her posterior and Morris was arrested in November. Morris pleaded not guilty to charges of practicing health care without a license and causing serious bodily injury. She was released on a $15,000 bond.
Morris has a decade-long arrest record with charges that included using fake driver's licenses and other false identification, writing bad checks, and thefts in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.
Police said there is an underground network of people who prey on those seeking to improve their appearance but can't afford cosmetic surgery. They find "pumping parties" through word of mouth and pay per treatment.
Months later, strange symptoms and disfigurement appear as doctors try to diagnose the problems.
In Nuby's case, a medical examiner cited a "massive systemic silicone migration" through her body that her family suspected of causing lung and other ailments.
"She was in a lot of pain," her father said. "She couldn't sit down from the butt [injections] he gave her."
Nuby is survived by a son, 13, and two daughters, ages 10 and 7, Joseph Nuby said.
"They are the victims in all of this, her kids," he said. "They are taking it pretty hard, especially the little one. She still thinks [mommy] is coming home."
Morris was caught up in another controversy during a Jan. 25 taping of Telemundo 's " Pa'lante con Cristina" show.
The mother of Morris' client, Shaquanda Brown, 30, was seen on videotape allegedly throwing a plastic syringe on the set of the show. It struck Morris' associate Corey Eubanks, 40, of Hollywood, on the forehead. Brunetta Brown, 50, was charged with simple battery.
"[Morris] should have known it was wrong, what he was doing," Joseph Nuby said. "It took too long [to arrest him].
Morris was taken into custody at his mother's home in Coconut Creek.