Young Banker's Death - Fake Doctor Pleads Guilty

It was back in February 2004 when the body of 35-year-old Barclays Capital analyst Maria Cruz was found in a suitcase, stuffed in a garbage bag and buried under a layer of concrete at the New Jersey home of her 'doctor'.

US prosecutors say that the analyst, who had been missing for 10 months, was receiving treatment for a condition called 'black tongue', from which she did not survive. Ms Cruz was said to have been identified from dental records and the serial numbers on her breast implants. Her doctor, 47-year-old Dean Faiello, turned out to have been bogus - an individual who had been on the run from US authorities since his arrest in 2002 on charges of practising medicine without a licence and illegally possessing medical drugs.

Ms Cruz was eventually cremated in Brooklyn, and her parents subsequently brought her ashes back to their native Philippines. Faiello went on the run, and eventually resurfaced in Costa Rica. In May 2004 he was extradited from Costa Rica, where he is said to have been working as a go-go dancer in a bar. The 'good doctor', who has admitted to having been addicted to cocaine at the time Ms Cruz came to him for help, was in the dock in the New York Supreme Court in Manhattan a few days back.

Faiello, who has been charged with murder in the second degree, pleaded guilty to first degree assault in exchange for a sentence of 20 years in prison. He admitted that Ms Cruz had had a fatal reaction to the anesthesia he administered to her. He said that, after the banker began to have seizures, he called a proper doctor for advice, then ignored that advice. He also failed to call 911, as he was worried about the legal 'ramifications' of his actions. Faiello will be sentenced on November 2nd.

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