Spa owner pleads guilty before "Fake Botox" trial begins

Common hardware store silicone was being used as botox

A McAllen spa owner pleaded guilty to a federal charge just moments before her trial in the "Fake Botox" scandal began.

Elva Navarro appeared for trial before U.S. District Court Judge Micaela Alavarez early Monday afternoon.

Navarro was supposed to go on trial for her role in the "Fake Botox" scandal, which came to light last year.

The spa owner was among several people arrested after Rio Grande Valley were promised Botox treatments but were instead injected with hardware store silicone.

Investigators reported that some of the women underwent numerous surgeries and spent as many 17 days in the intensive care unit.

Navarro pleaded guilty to a receiving an unadulterated device charge.

Judge Alvarez accepted the guilty plea and ordered sentencing for August 21st where Navarro faces up to three years in federal prison.