Matthew Joseph Shultz and William McAbee of Orlando, Florida were allegedly found in a hotel room that was serving as an unlicensed silicon injection clinic on Saturday, news sources report. It is unclear whether McAbee was arrested, but Shultz, 38, was booked into police custody on charges of practicing medicine without a license. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail. The press did not specify an attorney for Shultz, nor is it known whether any of his purported patients will be filing for damages.
According to reports, Shultz has been offering clients silicone injections for the past six years. Silicone injections typically work by enhancing a person’s physical looks. Shultz’s alleged operation lasted over half a decade; it is unclear whether any of his patients fell ill during that time, as a police investigation is ongoing.
Since Shultz does not have a license to operate as a physician, sources say he operated clients out of hotel rooms in the Broward and Orlando areas. Clients would reportedly pay between $100 and $1,200 for the illegal injections. Shultz’s latest operation was purportedly based out of the La Quinta Inn at 8180 Peters Road in Plantation.
Police reportedly received a tip about the operation and responded to the inn. There, officers confronted a woman as she was leaving one of Shultz’s rooms that he rented. The woman had just had a silicone injection to her eyebrow, which she pad Shultz $100 for, sources allege.
Police searched the hotel room Shultz was found in and discovered a dozen bottles containing a substance police suspect silicone, along with 51 bottles of Lidocaine, a substance used to numb the body. The officers also found needles, gauze (some used), syringes, latex gloves, scissors, glue, pantyhose, and a suitcase holding $18,042 in cash, reports say.
McAbee, who was present when Shultz was found, reportedly claimed that he was in the room when Shultz injected clients. However, he purportedly denied performing any injections. It is not clear in reports what he was doing with Schultz, nor is it clear whether he will be facing criminal charges.
Illegal injections made headlines in 2011 after Miami Gardens resident Oneal Ron Morris was accused of injecting patients with fix-a-flat and cement, despite not being licensed to perform injections at all, sources report. Some of her patients reportedly became ill as a result of the toxic injections. Morris was charged with practicing medicine without a license, but was more recently charged with manslaughter for the death of one of her purported former patients. Is not clear how her case is progressing.
As part of the scheme, sources say Morris operated the alleged illicit injections out of discrete locations. Instead of enhancing her clients’ bodies with silicone, however, Morris allegedly injected them with toxic elements such as cement and Fix-a-Flat. Morris told patients it was silicone and they paid her hundreds of dollars per injection, sources indicate.
“It sounds bizarre, but how could America feel like a person would even put cement in somebody’s bottom,” Morris reportedly said in a public interview following her arrest. “I didn’t do any of these things to these people. Just know these people who are lying are ruining my life. That’s all I have to say.”