Skip to comments.(Illegal Alien) Beautician stole from Liv Tyler and Anne Hathaway
Posted on 01/21/2011 11:06:23 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
Maria Gabriela Hashemipour, 51, agreed to plead guilty to one count of access device fraud as part of a deal in which federal prosecutors will drop 40 other counts.
Two of actress Liv Tyler's credit cards had about $214,000 (£134,000) in fraudulent charges from the beauty salon over a five-month period last year, according to an affidavit filed in the case.
Prosecutors declined to release names of other victims but, according to the New York Post, thousands of dollars in charges were also made to actresses Anne Hathaway, Melanie Griffith, Penelope Cruz and Cher.
Hashemipour may also face a fine of up to $250,000 (£156,000) and must pay full restitution to her clients.
She could also be deported. The indictment filed against her said she was born in Mexico, not in Spain as she had claimed, and she had fraudulently obtained a US passport.
"My client accepts full responsibility for the mistakes she has made, despite the fact that her actions caused minimal if any actual monetary loss," said defence lawyer Nina Marino.
Hashemipour was arrested in August at her business, Chez Gabriela Studio in Beverly Hills. Her website said her clientele also includes Jennifer Aniston and Halle Berry.
The case came to the attention of investigators after a lawyer for jewel designer Loree Rodkin's said about $68,000 (£43,000) had been charged to her credit card from Hashemipour's studio without her authorisation.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
At least she scammed people who could afford the loses.
Bet it took them quite awhile to figure it out.
Isn’t Anne Hathaway the one who will only date men who stole more than $50 million.
“”My client accepts full responsibility for the mistakes she has made, despite the fact that her actions caused minimal if any actual monetary loss,” said defence lawyer Nina Marino. “
Your client didn’t “make mistakes”; she committed crimes.
The lead-in for the article states: "The owner of a Beverly Hills beauty salon is facing up to 10 years in jail after agreeing to plead guilty to making up to $1 million (£630,000) worth of fraudulent charges to the credit cards of celebrity clients."
I wonder why they’re dropping 40 counts!
Are these celebs too embarrassed or too busy to demand justice?
Wouldn’t doubt it’s because she’s an illegal.
I’d say just deport her but, she would undoubtedly be back in a flash.
Does it matter that those she stole from have more money? It is still theft -
Minimal? One million dollars is minimal loss?
And, yes, it obviously theft/stealing.
They don’t wanna be called “RACIST!” for pursuing charges against this “immigrant” who was “only striving for a better way of life....the American dream.”
You're right. Here's a picture of some other (likely) illegal aliens.
Embarrassed. $200,000 in 5 months to a hair salon? The credit card companies are the ones who will probably take the hit. If so the celebs have nothing to gain by looking like ultra vain dupes.
Celebrity Testimony: “Yes your honor, I had no idea $200,000 was charged to my card, my business manager takes care of those things”.
Business Manager Testimony: “I have many clients who spend $500,000 a year in hairdressing services, so I was not at all suspicious about these charges. In fact, I called the manager for Celebrity XYZ and he said her client spent similar amounts in the same salon!”.
Well it is their money to spend, right? And yes, they probably have folks paying their bills who should have noticed immediately and let them know. I still don’t understand how her attorney claims no money was actually stolen?
Or, Sarah Palin and Conservative Talk Radio made her do it.
Wow! What a great country America is!
You can be an illegal alien with a fake passport and STILL open a legitimate business in Beverly Hills.
Didn’t she shoot Selena?
‘Hashemipour’ doesn’t sound very Mexican to me.
“The credit card companies are the ones who will probably take the hit”. Wrong! Consumers like you and me end up paying the bill.
Yeah. How do you do that? I guess we’re handicapped abiding by laws.
No but Hashemipour, “touched” them (see below).
[excerpt] ...Hashemipour offered $25,000 worth of products in exchange for the charges, but Rodkin refused.
Rodkin also told the authorities that she knew of other clients, including Hathaway, who had similar charges on their credit card, according to court papers.
Prosecutors believe Hashemipour charged up to $1million in bogus transactions but the opposing sides dispute the total amount, which they will argue out at sentencing in around two months’ time.
‘Im happy its over and shes going to jail,’ the jewellry designer told the New York Post.
‘Ive recovered the money from the credit card company but its the fact someone can steal from you who is in a position of trust. Its staggering.
‘I mean [a hairstylist] is someone you see on a regular basis, who touches you, touches your face. Ewww, gross.’ [End Excerpt]
It is middle eastern, probably Persian.
Kinda thought “/s” was implied
Gimme a break, you know what I meant and the actual point of it was that because these celebrities will not have to pay out of pocket directly, there is no need for them to testify or press charges or get heavily involved in the matter in any way. The celebs get to avoid personal public humiliation and avoid a public trial showcasing their grooming expenses and habits.
The crook’s lawyer would call the celebs as witnesses, for example:
Lawyer: “So Celebrity #1, are these charges for back hair removal real, or fraudulent?”
The crook’s lawyer likely used this as leverage to get the plea because Television would have a field day with this if there was a trial.
So pretty. Too bad she’s gay.
Holly weird, [says it all]
Sorry, that photo does nothing for me. I defer to the gentlemen of the forum on this score.
It’s a good thing her victims are progressive liberals and support the redistribution of wealth.
NEIGHBORS SAY THEY HAD NO IDEA HOME WAS A HAIR SALON Maria Gabriella Perez, 51, a Beverly Hills beauty salon owner, was arrested today on federal fraud charges for allegedly taking credit card information from Jennifer Aniston, Anne Hathaway and other celebrity clients and running up nearly $300,000 in fraudulent charges. Perez's criminal history includes an arrest for shoplifting and bad-check writing.
Perez was arrested without incident at her business, Chez Gabriela Studio, by special agents with the US Secret Service, according to the US Attorney's Office. A search of legal documents found 20 variations of Perez's name, all with the same Social Security number. Perez also appears to have seven judgments or liens, against her and her property, the affidavit states.
Perez faces two counts of access device fraud -- a charge that carries a maximum statutory penalty of 25 years in federal prison, prosecutors said. The affidavit in support of the criminal complaint alleges that Perez ran up about $68,000 in unauthorized charges on a credit card belonging to jewelry designer Loree Rodkin.
An investigator with American Express also told the Secret Service he had discovered about $214,000 in fraudulent charges made last year from Chez Gabriela Studio to two AmEx credit cards belonging to Liv Tyler, according to the affidavit.
Perez ripped off Jennifer Aniston, Ann Hathaway, Liv Tyler, Melanie Griffith, Cher............ Among her clients: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Whitney Houston, Ellen Barkin, President Bill Clinton...........
Ragan Brooks was visiting her friend who lives directly across the road and watched the arrest unfold at about noon. "I was sitting at the table and I saw a mini-van pull up and I saw two guys get out in plain clothes. And then I noticed that guy had handcuffs on him and that guy has a gun," Brooks said. "Then all of these normal cars, not cop cars but Chevys and mini-vans, turned up and all of these cops were getting vests out of their trunks. "They spent a long time milling around and then they started taking out boxes." Brooks said the agents were at the house for at least four or five hours. "Apparently Perez was operating a salon out of there. There has always been a lot of cars, but I had no idea it was a salon," she said.
Most of the charges were made from Chez Gabriela Studio when the numbers from the credit card were both "skimmed' electronically and entered manually, according to the affidavit prepared by Secret Service agent Michael de Geus.
Jewelry designer Loree Rodkin told investigators she had spoken with several other high-profile victims who stated that, after legitimately paying for services at the studio, charges from the studio would appear on their credit cards without authorization, de Geus wrote. An investigator with American Express also told the Secret Service he had discovered about $214,000 in fraudulent charges made last year from Chez Gabriela Studio to two AmEx credit cards belonging to Liv Tyler, according to the affidavit.
FROM HER FORMER WEB SITE
SERVICES Unlike other beauty care providers, Gabriela dedicates a great deal of time to each appointment, never rushing with any of her clients. She personally cares for each one of them, whether they are celebrities or not.
PRICING Prices reflect our studio privacy, our exclusive European products and incredibly sophisticated, delicate, caring treatment of the skin by Gabriela herself, our skin artist. Contact us to have a phone or in-studio consultation with our Skin Artist Gabriela. Gabriela will decide and design the specific treatment for you during the individual consultation. She customizes treatments according to your needs and requirements to perfectly balance and rejuvenate your skin.
TREATMENTS Basic "Gabriela" Facial Treatment from $500 (skin evaluation and initial basic skin repair facial) to $1,900 (complete basic facial) depending upon evaluation.
The "Double" Treatment from $800 (skin evaluation and initial basic skin repair facial and machines and Laser) to $3,000 depending upon evaluation.
Advanced facials generally start at $3,000
The $9,000 "Diamond Powder" Treatment. Gabriela offers great results with a combination of the Skin Master MD7 and her very sophisticated and experienced technique. This treatment requires one session every four days with a minimum of three sessions, each costing $3000.
MINIMAL monetary loss?
What kind of rarified air does this lawyer breathe?
The Civil War II cannot come soon enough in some parts of the country, IMO.
Those ladies spend that money like it’s going out of style. Like I said, it probably took forever for them to even notice””
All these ladies need a higher standard of bookkeeper,also.
These charges shouldn’t have escaped notive for such a long time.
You can be an illegal alien with a fake passport and STILL open a legitimate business in Beverly Hills.””
Where is Gloria All Red???
She should be jumping on this & blaming all those rich celebs......
2.Celebs all ready humiliated ( their name in public).
3.Crook spent most of the money so credit card companies will cover loses and pass it to consumers.