A beautician who posed as a trained nurse and injected two customers with the same needle has been fined thousands of pounds following a successful prosecution by Bolton Council.
Jamila Suleman, of Wentbridge Road, Bolton, pleaded guilty to fraud and multiple breaches of health and safety law when she appeared at Bolton Magistrates’ Court.
Officers first inspected her business, IPL Laser Ltd, after two customers complained to the council that she had used the same needle to inject them both with Botox.
Another customer complained after she attended a Botox appointment but was instead injected with what the prosecution described as “an unsuitable substance”.
Following the complaints, Bolton Council’s environmental health team and Public Health England carried out further inspections of IPL Laser, which operated out of Suleman’s home.
These revealed a litany of other safety breaches including improper disposal of needles and the storing of chemical treatments in a food cupboard.
It also emerged that Suleman had committed fraud by wrongly claiming to be a qualified nurse.
Magistrates handed IPL Laser a £6,000 fine along with a £170 victim surcharge.
Suleman was banned from acting as a company director for three years and received an individual fine of £1,200 with a £120 surcharge.
She was given a 20-week custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months, for the fraud offence and must pay court costs totalling £7,000.
Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Cllr Nick Peel, said:
“This is an appalling example of a rogue beautician putting the public in danger by exploiting a growing demand for this kind of cosmetic treatment.
“She presented herself as a professional but was in reality untrained and dangerous.
“By failing to follow the most basic health and safety procedures she put her clients at risk of serious illness or even worse.
“The conviction sends a powerful message that this kind of shoddy practice is a crime, and will not be tolerated in Bolton.
“This was a complex case and I would like to congratulate everyone involved for their hard work in keeping the public safe.”
Dr Kristina Poole, from Public Health England North West, said: “Poor practices when giving injectable treatments can carry a risk of infection and scarring. Clients were advised that poor infection control practices when giving injectable treatments could have put them at a very low but possible risk of catching a blood-borne infection such as hepatitis or HIV.
“This is why it is absolutely vital that providers of cosmetic treatments adhere to good infection control practices.”