Botox fraud: ‘I learnt online’

Jamie Winter
Jamie Winter

A Scarborough Botox beautician has been sentenced for fraud after claiming she had been trained on Harley Street.

Jamie Winter, 35, charged £90 “a shot” and many clients were happy, but one woman suffered a bad reaction and told ed police. Hull Crown Court heard that had bought her Botox on the cheap through the internet and reassured her clients that she had completed the course and had the credentials, when in fact she had dropped out and learnt her trade online.

Her clients were left smiling by the treatments the court heard on Monday and her deception was only discovered when one person had a bad reaction to an injection and went to the police.

Judge Simon Jack didn’t think her clients had lost out - “In fact, there was something of a gain in having it done cheap,” he told her, before handing her a 12-month community order with 150 hours unpaid work.

Winter, 35, who lived in Westbourne Road but has since moved to Leeds, said after she was sentenced for fraud offence: “It’s confusing really because you don’t need qualifications to administer botox.

“I did start the training in Harley Street but stopped because it would have cost me £10,000.

“Instead I found a website where a supplier in America offered an online tutorial and learnt it that way.

“I was practising on myself and then I started offering it to friends.”

At the time of these offences, and now, a qualification is not needed to inject Botox prosecutor Jharna Jobes told the court.

“But Miss Winter told prospective clients she had training in providing Botox,” she added.

“She made some reference to Harley Street. So they allowed her to inject them with Botox.”

Ms Jobes said that Winter had made just under £1,000 from the treatments, which were administered for £90 “a shot” to clients in Scarborough and Bridlington.

“They all say that if they knew she was untrained they would have refused treatment,” the prosecutor said.

“None suffered any ill-effects.”

Richard Thompson, defending Winter, described it as a “very unusual case”, adding: “She is to be sentencing on the basis that her customers were satisfied with the service she provided but if they knew her expertise they may be unhappy or unwilling.”

Sentencing Winter, Judge Jack said: “Having Botox injected is something which most people would want done by a qualified and experienced professional.

“You had some training but you clearly didn’t have any proper qualifications, not that that is essential.

“You persuaded people to accept your service, at least in part, by saying you were trained and qualified.

“In that sense they were misled.”

He added that she could have caused “problems” for her customers, adding: “In particular, injecting people there’s a risk of dirty needles or the needle going into the wrong place.

“If anything had happened in this case then you would be facing at the very least a suspended sentence if not an immediate sentence.”

But, the judge said, he was swayed by the fact that no “adverse reactions” were caused and the fact that she wasn’t making a “large profit” out of the treatments.

“Your clients were actually getting the service they wanted, there was no loss to them, in fact, there was something of a gain in having it done cheap,” he added.

Winter had pleaded guilty to five charges of fraud by false representation between July 2011 and August 2012 at a hearing last month.

Speaking after the sentence, single Winter said she was now a beautician training in hair extensions and did not carry out Botox any more.

“I don’t do it any more,” she said, “It’s too much hassle. This case has caused me so much trouble.”