Crime

Shatarka Nuby Gets Two and a Half Years for Stealing ID to Get Boob Job and Lipo

Shatarka Nuby already had breast implants, but they weren't big enough. And her arms — they needed liposuction, stat! The only problem: She didn't have $9,000 to pay for all of that work.

So that's when the 29-year-old lifted a college application out of a mailbox, opened a fraudulent credit card account, and went to town at a Fort Lauderdale clinic. Nuby got her boob job, but the cops caught up to her. Yesterday she earned a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence for her thievery.

Nuby, who lived in Tamarac, has a history of using fake or stolen identities. Her first arrest came in January 2008 after she tried to use a bogus license to cash a check, the Sun Sentinel reports.


Records show she was busted again just a month later, when officers searched her home and found a cache of fake IDs and credit cards.

Last year, Nuby's latest victim alerted police when more than $19,000 in charges popped up on credit card accounts she had never opened. Investigators soon found the bulk of the charges had been made at Pinnella Cosmetic Surgery, where Nuby had paid doctors to replace her breast implants with larger models.

Nuby, along with her accomplice, April Brown, was arrested in May. She later told police she needed the new implants because the old ones were making her sick.

Yesterday a federal judge hit her with a two-and-a-half-year prison term. 

But Riptide can't help but wonder: What will happen to the implants? If you steal a Ferrari, you don't get to take it to prison with you.

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Tim Elfrink is a former investigative reporter and managing editor for Miami New Times. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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