Illinois woman dies after cosmetic procedure in Doral

An Illinois woman has died after traveling to the Miami area for cosmetic surgery.

Lattia Baumeister, 30, of Rock Island, Illinois, was undergoing a cosmetic procedure Thursday morning at the Seduction Cosmetic Center, 2500 NW 107th Ave., in Doral when she experienced a medical emergency, Miami-Dade police Detective Robin Pinkard said.

Baumeister was taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center, where she died.

An incident report listed Dr. Osak Omulepu, 44, as the physician who operated on Baumeister.

“Dr. Omulepu is absolutely devastated by the complication that occurred in this case,” his attorney, Monica Rodriguez, said. “This is the first patient death he has had. Although what happened has been widely documented as a complication of the procedure the patient underwent, it is not a situation any surgeon wants to have.”

According to Florida Department of Health records, there was a February 2016 order of emergency restriction of license filed against Omulepu, who was previously affiliated with Encore Plastic Surgery.

Omulepu, formerly of Vanity Cosmetic Surgery and Spectrum-Aesthetics Center for Cosmetic Surgery, was accused of injuring four patients, ages 29 to 35, in 2015.

Omulepu received the Florida Surgeon General order of emergency restriction after he was accused of botching medical procedures in 2015 that resulted in hospitalizations from three days to three months.

Some of his alleged mistakes included not using the correct proportion of anesthesia.

Records show he has had 12 formal complaints made against him. The current status of his medical license is listed as “clear/active.”

The Seduction Cosmetic Center was closed Friday morning.

Local 10 News reporter Amy Viteri said there was a violation notice posted on the door, saying that the center is closed because of emergency conditions involving a serious danger to the public’s health or safety after a code compliance investigation revealed violations.

Below is a list of each violation inspectors with the city of Doral found at the business:

-Six medical doctors did not possess the city business license.

-Business was performing massage therapy without an active State of Florida massage therapy establishment license.

-Business did not possess an active massage therapy establishment city business license.

-Massage therapists did not possess current city business licenses.

-There were interior alterations within the establishment without the required building permits, including modifications within two operating rooms.

Miami-Dade police are working with Doral police in the death investigation.

Viteri attempted to speak with the cosmetic center’s owner, Gretel Jardon, but she didn’t want to talk.

“You don’t have to come to my house,” Jardon said while standing behind the front gate of her home. “Move, move.”

Jardon refused to answer questions about the death or why she hired a doctor who has had numerous complaints made against him.

“Oh, so this is a story? So, it’s like, this is a story? That somebody died is a story? Wow,” Jardon said.  

Local 10 News has covered several deaths at cosmetic surgery centers in South Florida, including in March when Ranika Hall, 25, died after getting a Brazilian butt lift at Eres Plastic Surgery in Hialeah.

Another woman from West Virginia died at the same center in 2016.

It’s unclear what type of procedure Baumeister was having.

The trend of out-of-state patients traveling to South Florida for cosmetic procedures is common as many offices advertise low prices and financing plans that attract patients.

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Vigil held for mother, daughter who vanished a year ago

It has been a year since Liliana Moreno, 43, and Daniela Moreno, 9, vanished.

To mark the moment Moreno’s family members are set to hold a vigil Tuesday outside Castano’s home in Doral.

“All day we’re thinking if they’re eating,” Eduardo Moreno, said about his missing sister and niece. 

Gustavo Castano, the little girl’s father, was the last person to see them when he dropped the pair off on Florida’s Turnpike near Okeechobee Road.

Shortly after, he tried to kill himself.

Miami-Dade detectives had called Castano a person of interest but he was never arrested and is not facing charges.

Castano’s attorney did not respond to requests for a comment.

Moreno’s family said that he hasn’t had contact with them since the disappearance. 

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the mother and daughter are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 



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False bomb threat causes street closures in Doral

Police officers closed access to a row of businesses in Miami-Dade County’s City of Doral for about two hours during an investigation on Saturday.

While police dogs looked for a bomb, police officers blocked the area of Northwest 79th Avenue between 33th and 34th Street near the Miami International Airport. They never found it.

The precautionary measures ensued after a business owner reported receiving an e-mail with a false bomb threat, according to the Doral Police Department. 

Detectives were asking anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

Local 10 News’ Melissa Alvarez and Marcus Effinger contributed to this report. 

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How to help Venezuelan migrants in Miami

Idiana Orozco said she left Venezuela after her husband’s life was threatened and there was an attempt to hurt her family. She is among the newest members of the Venezuela diaspora forced to pack their bags and leave everything behind. 

Orozco found some help at the Value Store It Self Storage in Miami-Dade’s Doral. A volunteer with the Raíces Venezolanas program handed her a set of dishes for three, towels and other basics. She has a little daughter. 

Patricia Andrade, the co-founder of the program, has four units with donated items, such as sheets and toys. Last year, the organization started helping young professionals, who are fleeing political persecution, food shortages, a medical system crisis and a soaring crime rate.  

“The families need help. They need support with basic things, and we give these donations for free,” Andrade said. 

Andrade, who left Caracas for the U.S. in the 1980s, started to get desperate calls for help in 2015 and they haven’t stopped since. She co-founded the charity and as the need grows she continues to solicit donations from South Florida residents, so she can continue the weekly giveaways. 

Andrade is expecting more migrants in need to make their way to South Florida, as the situation worsens. Pro-Democracy demonstrators continued to take to the streets to protest the policies of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his supporters, who were responding with violence and repression.  

Since the latest wave of unrest began in April, authorities estimate at least 46 deaths were linked to the nationwide protests. Most of the victims were male students in their 20s. On Thursday, prosecutors in the state of Tachira filed charges against a few soldiers and police officers accused of killing a student protester and a father who was caught in the crossfire while buying diapers for his baby. 

The nonprofit organization in Miami-Dade set up a PayPal account to accept donations. For more information on how to donate, call 305-559-6244 or e-mail [email protected]

Local 10 News Andrea Torres contributed to this story. 

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South Florida man wanted by FBI in alleged mortgage fraud scheme

A South Florida man is wanted by the FBI for his alleged involvement in a multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud scheme that operated between Tampa and Miami.

The FBI said Jaime Jesus Sola Avila is accused of recruiting unqualified buyers to purchase condominiums under fraudulent pretenses. The FBI also alleges that Avila recruited co-conspirators to falsify documents that allowed unqualified buyers to get approved for the mortgages.

A federal arrest warrant for Avila was issued in January, but the FBI said he has evaded arrest. He is charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud.

The FBI said the mortgage fraud scheme operated between Miami, Tampa and Largo in 2007 and 2008.

Avila, who is a felon, most recently lived in Doral and has ties to the Westchester area.

Anyone with information as to Avila’s whereabouts is asked to call the FBI office in South Florida at 754-703-2000.

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