A 44-year-old man accused of illegally administering silicone to a transgender woman who later died was charged Monday with involuntary manslaughter and two counts of the unauthorized practice of medicine.
Liborio De La Luz Ramos of Santa Ana was scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon on the felony charges.
Ramos did not have a medical license or authorization to perform medical procedures in California, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office alleges.
Prosecutors identified the victim as 40-year-old Felipe De La Riva, who used the name Katya. The victim was pronounced dead at 7:06 p.m. on Jan. 21, according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
Sometime between Dec. 30 and 31, Ramos met with Riva at a hotel in Orange, where the silicone injections were done, according to prosecutors.
Investigators suspect he has done so with many others, Bertagna said.
On New Year’s Day, Delariva checked into an area hospital and, three weeks later, died of silicone embolism syndrome, Bertagna said. Hospital officials called the Orange County Sheriff’s-Coroner’s Office, which notified Santa Ana police, he said.
Ramos also administered an anesthetic and injected silicone into a 28- year-old victim at Ramos’ home in Santa Ana on New Year’s Day, prosecutors allege.
Initially, police thought De La Riva had attended a “silicone party” in December at a Santa Ana residence, Bertagna said.
Injections at the parties can cost $400 to $1,000, depending on how many people show up for a shot, Bertagna said. The cost is considerably cheaper than going through legitimate sources, which may or may not administer the silicone depending on a patient’s health, Bertagna said.
Investigators asked anyone with information on the case to call detectives at (714) 245-8390.
— City News Service